Gallery: Barcelona’s Beautiful Martinet School Boasts a Sun-Shielding C...

Each tile is no more than 300 mm thick, and they protrude outwards or inwards by 10cm, set at right angles to each other.

The building features a beautiful ceramic tile façade that shields the southern corridors, providing passive protection from the sun. The tiles are set at right angles to each other, and the sides facing the sun are glazed with brilliant hues to create a mosaic of color. Three shades of green brighten the west-facing sides, while three autumnal earth tones decorate the eastern face.

The building was constructed using many durable materials – the tiles are vertically and horizontally joined together using 6mm diameter stainless steel rings to strengthen their form. Lime mortar joints contain an additive that provides enough elasticity in case of possible shrinkage.

Built on a humble plot of land, the school is designed in a U-shape that curves around the playground – a typical layout for a public building of this kind. Classrooms for younger children face the south and lead directly onto the playground through a porch, while the primary classrooms on the upper floors face the north. Light, airy and protective, this building takes into account the necessity of providing shelter from the hot Spanish sun.

+ Mestura Architectes

Via Architizer

Photo © Pedro Pegenaute


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  1. lazyreader June 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Beautiful, looks more like the speaker box Charlie used to summon her angels. Barcelona is an architectural treasure trove and you think a school could “learn” from that.

  2. acceleratedstall June 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Creative, artistic and utilitarian – I wasn’t aware of this until I read this post. I’ll be in Barcelona in a few weeks and check it out in person then. Thanks!

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