The Nursery in the Park is a sensitively-designed and placed building in the heart of an old park in the city of Zaragoza, Spain. Santiago Carroquino Arquitectos focused on creating a preschool with lasting character that expresses playfulness yet minimally disrupts the surrounding natural environment. From the façade to the green roof to the preservation of indigenous trees, the kindergarten blends the boundaries between nature and building while providing a safe, light-filled, and airy place for children to play and learn.
The building’s beautiful façade is composed of a series of prefabricated translucent polycarbonate colored plates. The wall system fills the interior with diffused light and softens the exterior with a natural-toned verticality reminiscent of the surrounding trees. The panels were built off-site to expedite construction.
An extensive green roof system provides multiple benefits by maintaining the parks biodiversity, insulating the building, and acting as an acoustic buffer to the city. The roof also has embedded solar thermal panels to help supplement heating.