ecosistema urbano: ecopolis plaza
ecosistema urbano: ecopolis plaza ecosistema urbano: ecopolis plaza
jan 24, 2011
ecosistema urbano: ecopolis plaza

‘ecopolis plaza’ by ecosistema urbano in madrid, spain
all images courtesy ecosistema urbano

photo by j. de paz

spanish studio ecosistema urbano has created ‘plaza ecopolis’, a nursery school that
includes in its plan a sustainable public square and urban park in madrid.
located on an old industrial site surrounded by a number of industries and heavy
transportation infrastructures, the project aims to educate the public on energy related
issues while providing an eco-friendly space for social gatherings.

photo by j. de paz

singular in colour, the bright yellow building features a canvas-like shell stretched
on to a sculptural steel frame that gives the school a bold and geometric look.
the shading provided by this primary skin passively controls the microclimate
of the interior. extending out to the square, the truss element becomes the infrastructure
for the outdoor playground equipments.

water purification system

conceived as an ‘open environmental classroom’, the new square integrates
ecological initiatives, such as the natural water purification system.
by making transparent the building’s sustainable features, the the project
intends to make aware the importance of consumption behaviour in both
the children and the locals.

panoramic view of the square
photo by j. de paz

nursery school’s entrance
photo by emilio p. doiztua

interior view
photo by emilio p. doiztua

photo by emilio p. doiztua

photo by emilio p. doiztua

photos by j. de paz

photo by j. de paz

photo by j. de paz

photo by emilio p. doiztua

outdoor playground
photos by i.iglesias

the square at night

comments policy
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

school architecture and design (292 articles)