In collaboration with Gutierrez Arquitectos
November 2017 – December 2018
Location: San Martín Tlamapa, Mexico.
As a result of the earthquake on 19 September 2017 with the epicenter in San Felipe Ayutla Puebla, cities and towns in the center of the country were seriously affected. In the state of Puebla alone, more than 200 public schools were badly damaged, mostly in rural areas.
The project and construction had to be carried out in a very short time, so it was decided to design it with a modular industrial system. It is used as a framework, galvanized steel structure with 3 x 3 x 3 meter modules, is resistant, flexible and adaptable to the different programmatic, geometric and topographic conditions of the two sites, and can be replicated for new projects.
Precast concrete panels are used in the walls, also modulated to speed up and facilitate assembly. The exterior covering is made of galvanized sheet and laminated glass on top, which provides the necessary light for proper functioning of the room during the day. Inside we have thermally insulated foamed wood and PVC sheets, providing a warm and sunny environment.
Relationships with location, orientation, prevailing winds, landscape, visuals, vegetation, topography and terrain geometry are fundamental aspects of design. There is a transition from the exterior to the interior of the space, via wide corridors that serve as portico and articulate projects. The interior is physically and visually linked on a children’s scale to the gardens and squares that hold the buildings together.