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Park-side Eco Kindergarten Features a Glowing Façade

Posted By Andrew Michler On October 14, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,green roof,Sustainable Building | No Comments

daylight walls, environmentally appropriate design, green kitagarden, green nusery, green roof spain, Santiago Carroquino Arquitectos, solar thermal heat, spanish sustainble design, Zaragoza school [1]

The Nursery in the Park is a sensitively-designed and placed building in the heart of an old park in the city of Zaragoza [2], Spain. Santiago Carroquino Arquitectos [3] 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 [4] blends the boundaries between nature and building while providing a safe, light-filled, and airy place for children to play and learn.

daylight walls, environmentally appropriate design, green kitagarden, green nusery, green roof spain, Santiago Carroquino Arquitectos, solar thermal heat, spanish sustainble design, Zaragoza school [5]

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 [6]. The panels were built off-site to expedite construction.

An extensive green roof system [7] 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 [8] to help supplement heating.

daylight walls, environmentally appropriate design, green kitagarden, green nusery, green roof spain, Santiago Carroquino Arquitectos, solar thermal heat, spanish sustainble design, Zaragoza school [9]

Multiple courtyards [10] and open passages blend the interior and exterior spaces, providing a nurturing environment for the children to explore. The interior has a highly adaptable wall system that can convert rooms from single to multiple uses. The walls feature a hardened glass wainscot that keeps the rooms hygienic and easy-to-clean, thus reducing cleaning chemicals. Novel round windows have hatches which control light and sound as while directing light [11] into the rooms.

The Architects explain that the project “shows all in a deep respect for the environment, as one of the teaching values to the children as new members of our society.” A powerful statement on the influence of sustainable building [12] in society.

+ Santiago Carroquino Arquitectos [3]

Via Archzine [13]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/14/park-side-eco-kindergarten-features-a-glowing-facade/new-1-88/

[2] Zaragoza: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/28/spains-wood-clad-environmental-hq-is-a-green-gathering-place/

[3] Santiago Carroquino Arquitectos: http://www.carroquinoarquitectos.com/

[4] kindergarten: http://inhabitat.com/2005/11/09/the-willow-school/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/14/park-side-eco-kindergarten-features-a-glowing-facade/new-10-48/

[6] surrounding trees: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=173299

[7] green roof system: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=173292

[8] solar thermal panels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_thermal_energy

[9] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/14/park-side-eco-kindergarten-features-a-glowing-facade/new-12-40/

[10] courtyards: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=173293

[11] light: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting/

[12] sustainable building: http://inhabitat.com/sustainable-building/

[13] Archzine: http://archzine.com/architecture/nursery-in-the-park-by-santiago-carroquino-arquitectos/

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