‘timayui kindergarten’ by giancarlo mazzanti in santa marta, colombia
all images courtesy giancarlo mazzanti
photographer: jorge gamboa
bogota-based architecture studio giancarlo mazzanti has completed ‘timayui kindergarten’,
a new educational facility for children between the ages of 0-5 years in santa marta, colombia.
seeking to improve the infrastructure of the city as well as to generate an architecture that facilitates
social inclusion within the community, the design holds at its core the notion of ‘open architecture’,
resulting in a flexible complex with multiple functions and neutral spaces for the neighbourhood’s use.
comprised of six flower-like modules, the project is organically situated on the plot to integrate
the outdoor space into the plan of the school. the individual structures are connected by a system of
extended arms that provide coverage to the exterior hallways. each module features three conic rooms
that pivot around a central courtyard. topped by an irregularly shaped roof light, each room benefits
from natural daylight which washes down the angled interior surfaces.
referencing the surrounding land forms, the project creates an architectural landscape of its own,
and is a visual landmark within the area. the modules were conceived to be highly adaptive in
a variety of situations with the possibility of adding new modules in the future. constructed with
shotcrete walls, the structures cuts down on fabrication time as well as waste materials.
the north-south orientation encourages natural ventilation and daylighting while an integrated
rainwater collection system enables the school to recycle water in its operations.
facade treatment and roof form
elevation of module
(left) view of central courtyard
(right) during night
bird’s eye view
rendered 3D model
rendered sectional perspective