Elisabeth School, Salou
Site: Salou, Tarragona
The school program includes the whole educational cycle, from infant school, through to primary and secondary school. The general approach of the project is based on a desire to establish a close relationship between all the pedagogic groups of the school, adapting personalized spaces for each one of them, yet facilitating exchanges.
The idea of organizing the whole complex comes from the desire to structure the school as a “small city”, with its center, streets, facilities, and green zones. In the “agora”, the center of the school, we find the main entrance, the library, the gymnasium, the main hall, the dining rooms, the offices, and the head teacher’s office. From this square with porches, towards the left, we enter the primary and infant area, and to the right, we come to the secondary area.
There is a clear desire for the school to touch the ground and for all the conventional classrooms to have their natural extension in the garden classes. Through different pavilions and exterior spaces, which are closely related, the whole school is gradually structured. Nearly all the program of the school is undertaken on the ground floor, except for the secondary zone which has a pavilion with three levels.
With the work in an advanced stage, the constructive program has been extended with the need to cover an outdoor sports center measuring 40 x 20 meters. From the point of view of the general consolidation plan, the project makes a commitment to generosity, extending the ground floor a great deal and, in contrast, has opted for simple and economical construction materials and techniques in order to reduce costs.
Project Name: Elisabeth School
Site: Carrer de Miquel Martí i Pol 1, Salou, Tarragona
Project date: 06.2004
Construction start date: 07.2006
Construction end date: 02.2009 – 06.2012
Property: Societat cooperativa d’Ensenyança Elisabeth
Land area: 24.371 m²
Floor area: 11.450 m²
Winner, VI Architecture Biennal Alejandro de la Sota 2009
Finalist, FAD Architecture Awards 2010
Authors: Manel Brullet i Tenas, Alfonso de Luna i Colldefors
Contributors: Jaume Piñol
Surveyors: Alberto Bujalance, Jaume Martí
Facilities: Portell-Brunés Enginyers, S.L.P.
Structure: Manuel Arguijo y Asociados, S.L.
Builder: ROVESA 2000, S.L.
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