SPI ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

santiago, chile

2001

SPI ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

santiago, chile

2001

SPI ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

santiago, chile

2001

For more than a century, the Chilean Society for the Protection of Children has been arduously working in the order to meet the needs for shelter, affection, education and dignity for many children who suffer from neglect and poverty nationwide. This charity thus contributes to the eradication of marginalization, a true social evil.
The headquarters of the charity are located to the south of the city of Santiago, in Puente Alto Municipality. It is there that a complex of emblematic buildings was erected in the first decades of the 20th century, in an 18-hectare site that still preserves a certain rural atmosphere. The complex, which shows the transition between neo-colonial and modern architecture, houses today a number of facilities of the institution aiming to provide shelter and education to the most deprived children in the country.
The two schools presented here are part of a large construction project intending to respond to the needs for growth and modernization of the institution. As a general plan, we suggest the reorganization of dispersed areas through the articulation of meeting points and circulation sectors. This objective is to be achieved by means of the construction of new buildings that will be connected with the existing ones. As a result, small squares and streets will emerge to create an urban landscape, with public areas articulating different periods in history. Indeed, the new buildings have been arranged in such a way that they create a public meeting area – a square- that will Evoque an urban environment with historical meaning.
The formal economy of the public facades of the new schools was accompanied with restrictions in height, so that the volumes projected would not go above the existing ones. In contrast with the synthetic formality of the other facades, characterized by brick baseboards and prefabricated concrete latices, the geometrical design inside the new complex was designed to look more random and create a cheerful concrete and brick landscape motivating children to learn as they play.

SPI ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

santiago, chile

2001

Project: 2000
Construction: 2000-2001
Site area: 18.000 m2
Built area: 10.000 m2
Client: Sociedad Protectora de la Infancia
Architect: Cristián Undurraga, Alicia Ross
Executive Director: Cristian Undurraga
Collaborators: Taller Undurraga Devés, Rodrigo Rojas, Felipe Dufeu
Consultants: José Jímenez, Rafael Gática (estructura)
Contractor: Mena y Ovalle
Photos: Guy Wenborne