The Amazing Virolai Petit Kindergarten by Team Sarrablo, In Barcelona – The Virolai Petit kindergarten has been built on the Calle Escorial in Barcelona for the private developer Virolai, which has a long tradition in teaching centres.
An adjacent building at the north is a big sports centre, while on all the other sides the school has free facades. A closed facade at the Escorial Street protects from the noise, and it opens onto an interior with views of green areas on three levels that are terraced in a fan starting from the roof. The levels are turning their forged fronts in order to create schoolyards on each level and to improve the orientation of the classrooms. Each floor has three classrooms with balconies to the patio for the educational activities, when the weather is appropriate.
One of the main intentions of the project is to flee from the typical image of schools with roof playgrounds that look like metal cages added to the building. For this reason, the enclosure of the roof playground extends to the street with a composition reminiscent of that of a Florentine palace, with a tripartite division of the façade in which the classical bossages are now a Flexbrick fabric of white ceramic plaques that unifies the three levels.
The roof playground has a triangular configuration composed by the dividing wall with the sports centre, the already mentioned latticework facing the Escorial street and a second latticework overlooking the interior of the block. These veils of ceramic fabric throw a protecting shade on the patio while sifting the urban image for children.
The interior facades of the building are less monumental, adjusting the scale to the size of children. On the ground floor, small cubicles that project towards the patio help to sectorize the thresholds/porches of each classroom while its scale and elevation at mid-height remind us that children feel themselves safer when they can play under a table.
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