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Striking Spanish High School Shows Respect for Its Rural Site

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On September 14, 2010 @ 6:50 pm In Architecture,Green Building | No Comments

Rafael Arozarena Highschool, AMP Arquitectos, eco high school, spain, site sensitive design, green building, sustainable architecture [1]

The site was previously used for farming traditional crops — it featured a 20 meter-high terraced slope that was built with stone walls. Simple materials like concrete and stone were used to build the high school [2] in order to retain the same feel of the original landscape. The concrete [3] is stained from green to red to connect the building to both its rural setting and the urban historic area of La Oratava.

Some windows are protected by louvered shades [4] to reduce sun exposure inside the building, and grass courtyards give students open spaces to gather and meet. The large gymnasium is partially set into the earth in order to improve its thermal performance while preserving views over the valley and the sea. Finally, angled skylights [5] on the roof let light into the interior spaces below.

+ AMP Arquitectos [6]

Via Architizer [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/14/striking-spanish-high-school-shows-respect-for-its-rural-site/rafael-arozarena-highschool-2/

[2] high school: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/08/gorgeous-green-roofed-high-school-rises-in-france/

[3] concrete: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/09/the-montara-house-maximizes-sunlight-on-foggy-california-coast/

[4] shades: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/16/thai-building-facade-handmade-from-natural-banana-fiber/

[5] skylights: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/30/housing-for-musicians-has-parasitic-rooms-and-skylight-pyramids/

[6] + AMP Arquitectos: http://www.amparquitectos.com/main.html

[7] Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/rafael-arozarena-highschool/12625/

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