ABLM combines reflective mirrors with strips of vibrant colorful ceramic in school façade

ABLM combines reflective mirrors with strips of vibrant colorful ceramic in school façade

the city of salamanca, in villares de la reina, spain is home to ABLM arquitectos’ captivating school building. the project, referred to as the ‘almost invisible school’ is in reference to the exterior’s cladding of side-by-side mirrored panels. the sky, trees, and surrounding structure are reflected in the façade, figuratively embedding the building — photographed here by miguel de guzmán — into the existing landscape.

the multi-color, reflective school building boasts an exciting and joyful exterior
all images by miguel de guzmán | imagen subliminal



ABLM’s façade complements the reflective elements of the façade with strong and exciting colors along the first level’s exterior. made up of seven tones, it was created by toni cumella to symbolize the equality within the safe space of the school. almost like magic, from specific angles it looks as if the structure’s second floor has disappeared entirely. in the last decade, the city has undergone rapid changes. the design and completion of the new school marks a moment of positive growth in the area.

ABLM’s school is located in salamanca, spain

the project is titled, ‘the almost invisible school’ as a result of its interesting exterior

the fun exterior is supposed to excite children and encourage them to play

the mirrored surfaces can be viewed as an engaging façade that constantly changes with time

the school provides a safe space for the children to grow

the larger ceramic base is covered in vertical pieces in seven colors

parts of the structure seem to melt into the surroundings, while other portions colorfully stand out

ABLM architects was founded by arturo blanco and laura martinez in 2014

even the interiors have colorful elements to enhance joyful feelings 

the shape of the exterior provides a protected zone for the children to play

radiance from the night sky softly illuminates the exterior

even with the firm’s relatively short history, ABLM has received numerous awards


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