Colegio Bernadette Madrid, Aravaca School, Spanish Education Building

Colegio Bernadette Aravaca Building

Madrid School Building, Education in Spain design by PO2 ARQUITECTOS

3 + 1 Apr 2012

Colegio Bernadette in Aravaca


Address: Calle de Santa Bernardita, 1, 28023 Madrid, Spain

Phone: +34 913 07 11 46

This is a new primary and secondary school: Colegio Bernadette in Aravaca, Madrid. Spain.

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Bernadette College Extension – Sports pavilion + classrooms

The original program requested by the Bernadette College included a standard sports track, 8 classrooms of 60m² each one, 3 seminars and a ballroom. The plot chosen to place the new extension was not overcoming the 1.500 m² of surface.

These two basic premises define, in a precise way the general organization – section of the proposal, since the available surface only was allowing us to place in the same level the track, the changing rooms and the ballroom, for what, taking advantage of the existing slope, we place the above mentioned half-buried, with a minimum height of 7 meters and a direct connection to the outside playground. Above the sports track, and using the thickness of the beam, we introduce the classrooms and the seminars between the courts for lighting and ventilation.

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We decided to lean the new intervention to the existing building and, following instructions on the management of the college, maintain a parking area for the school bus across the street in order to avoid the appearance of areas difficult to control between the two buildings.

The result is a single volume, pierced in the cover to illuminate all classrooms and coated with different types of corrugated material (sheet aluminum, Plexiglas and exposed corrugated concrete) to obtain a soft and continuous image, without edges, adapted to the future users of the center: The children.

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Colegio Bernadette in Aravaca – Building Information

Location: c/ Sta. Bernardita 1, Aravaca, Madrid
Architects: PO2 arquitectos / Marcos Parga + Idoia Otegui
Collaborators: Yvonne Langer, Flor Colmenares, Jose Antonio López
Invited Competition: First Prize (Dece 2005)
Project: Jan 2006 / May 2006
Construction: Jul 2006 / Sep 2007
Structure: Koldo Lartategui
Engineering: NIPSA (Santiago Garrido, Felipe Zancada)
Total area: 2.606,22 m2
Budget: 2.278.479,00 €

Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Colegio Bernadette in Aravaca images / information from PO2 ARQUITECTOS

Location: Aravaca, Madrid, Spain, southwestern Europe

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