In addition to the adaptive reuse of an existing building, CrystalZoo made sure that what new construction was done was streamline to minimize waste. The materials used were chosen for their low impact, renewability and recyclability, durability and low maintenance. The school’s skin also aids in accumulation or dissipation of solar energy, depending on the weather, to reduce the need for artificial cooling or heating.
The futuristic feel of the school’s silver membrane is softened by the greenery of the courtyard, a valuable
open space within the dense urban fabric. Hilly sections of grass rise up from the hardscape, breaking up the grey areas and creating a connection to the apple green glow of select windows. The yard also serves as a plaza for social activity in Novelda, and a welcome place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.