Looking a lot like stone teeth jutting up from the surrounding lush landscape, the Timayui kindergarten in Bogota brings nature into baby's life right from the start. With green spaces central to the complex, and visible from each of the six conical rooms, the design by Giancarlo Mazzanti is also a welcoming meeting space for the local community. Carefully chosen building materials and passive design ensure that this iconic neighborhood structure invests in a sustainable future.
Designed to nurture children age zero to five, the Timayui kindergarten is a fun and funky space that is flooded with natural lighting. In addition to aesthetic appeal, the sloped roof performs multiple functions: it allows for easy rainwater harvesting (which can then be recycled) and situates the skylight such that natural light reaches throughout the interior.
By using shotcrete for the walls, the designer was able to reduce construction time and also alleviate the problem of excessive material waste. And finally, the building’s north-south orientation permits a natural airy breeze that gives Bogota’s muggy days some energy-free relief.