This awe-inspiring Roldan Public School and Primary (CEIP) keeps kids cool and green in Spain. Huma Arquitectura was commissioned to design a school that fosters a love of nature, but the firm did not have a massive budget, and they had to create a structure that could easily accommodate projected population growth. The design response? Wrap not just the roof or the walls, but the whole school in Astroturf. Although fake grass is not quite as exciting as real vegetation, the turf keeps the building cool and needs no water or maintenance.
In order to accommodate new students, Huma Arquitectura relied on a horizontal plan of home-styled buildings linked together that can be easily expanded. The interior has been left quite raw, using less materials and creating a minimalist, industrial feeling softened intermittently by stickers.
Play is important at Roldan. To make sure that the students are adequately protected during their recreational periods, Huma joined the edges of some of the delightful green buildings together to create an interior courtyard. Although not all brands of Astroturf are equal, using this as opposed to real grass cuts down on both water use and maintenance.
images via David Frutos