The idea of this preschool was to evoke a forest. In a newly developed part of Orense’s university campus, the building for use and accessibility reasons is one-story, and it is built with the structural economy of vernacular architecture. Four screens of reinforced concrete – with basic services imbedded in them – support two slabs of the same material, which is also used for floors and ceilings. Completed with a wall of blocks of lightened clay 19 centimeters thick, the complex is clad with a lattice of cedarwood treated with lasurs for greater durability, painted green. The design and the choice of wood address requirements that are aesthetic, mechanical, and climate-related: to give unity to the complex, lighten the load in the structural cantilevers, and combat the local climate – with its temperature leaps of up to 40 ºC between summer and winter –, improving protection against the sun’s rays and creating the conditions for cross ventilation.
Escuela infantil Nursery School in Orense (Spain).
Universidade de Vigo, Vicerrectoría de Ourense.
Superficie construida Floor area
Abalo Alonso arquitectos / Elizabeth Abalo y Gonzalo Alonso, www.abaloalonso.es
Aparejador Quantity surveyor
Consultor de estructuras Structural consultant
Consultor de instalaciones MEP consultant
Consultor de geotermia Geothermics
Contratista principal Main contractor
Fabricantes de madera Wood suppliers
Carpinterías aluminio Windows
Revestimiento fachada Facade
Revestimiento linóleo Linoleum
Iliminación emergencia Emergency lightning