guzman de yarza blache: elevated sports court in zaragoza
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mar 11, 2013
guzman de yarza blache: elevated sports court in zaragoza


‘elevated sports court at lasalle franciscanas school’ by guzman de yarza blache, zaragoza, spain
image © miguel de guzman
all images courtesy of miguel de guzman

 

 

school courtyards are often times used for school-hour recreation space, extra-curricular activities, and gathering spaces where parents leave their
children in the morning and pick them up at night. the result is an overlap of activity that requires quite different spatial organizations, and often times
the demand of the program for one function is encroached upon by another. architect guzman de yarza blache of local practice J1 arquitectos was
given the prompt to increase the usable area of the 33 meter by 35 meter courtyard of the lasalle franciscanas school in zaragoza to accommodate
the influx of parents without disturbing the daily sports and leisure activities. the solution is brilliantly simple: elevate the multi-use sports court
off of the ground, creating a usable shelf maintaining a permeability for the flow of circulation. as an educational institution is rather busy for 9 to
10 months of the year, the entire structure had to be built during the summer months, which meant that the structure had to be erected in a relatively
short amount of time with minimally invasive site work. a prefabricated concrete base became the most logical choice:  symmetrically-placed pillars
hold up two longitudinal wide flange beams that support the court itself. a double skin metal cage system that curves inwards at the top keeps kids
and equipment in the floating arena during playtime. two removed trees originally on site are replaced by 300 different species of ivy growing out
of 70-meter long corten steel planter around the perimeter of the metal envelope, eventually covering the court in vegetation within a few years.
‘the whale’ – dubbed by the students – contains a ramp on either side of the structure connecting it to the courtyard and school building.
beneath the construct, strips of bright colors are painted on the ground to mark the infantile play area and create a jovial ambiance for visitors and
students as they enter the premises, with a rounded seating area hosts a variety of plants for people to sit and wait for their children to come out.

 

 


walking through ‘the whale’
video © imagensubliminal

 

 


view from the wing of the building
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


elevation, entrance under the structure
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


image © miguel de guzman

 

 


plenty of space on the courtyard ground with added court elevated above
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


ramps connecting the school, courtyard, and sports structure
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


metal ramps weave over the infant play area
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


prefabricated concrete structure was erected in a few days
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


space under the court
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


(left) tree columns support the ramps without taking up space
(right) seating area with incorporated plants
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


view towards the school
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


entrance to the caged court
image © miguel de guzman

 

 


image © miguel de guzman

 

 


image © miguel de guzman

 

 


image © miguel de guzman

 

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


roof plan

 



section

 

 


section

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 



elevation

 

 


exploded axonometric

 

 

project info:

 

 

name of the work: elevated sports court at lasalle franciscanas school
name of the studio: guzmán de yarza blache, arquitect / J1 arquitectos
finishing date: september 2012
location: calle andrés piquer 5, zaragoza.spain
client: lasalle franciscanas school
built surface: 350 m2
budget: 290.000 euros
construction: gm empresa constructora
architect: guzmán de yarza blache
project architect: guzmán de yarza blache
survey of construction works: guzmán de yarza blache
collaborators: ana guzmán malpica, julien luengo-gómez
quantity surveyor: jose manuel arguedas
structure: josep agustí de ciurana, prainsa

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