School GardenEdit profile
The garden is located at the front facade entering through the security access from the main square, where a big apple tree complements the square, giving life to the seasons by its annual flowering, fruits and deciduous leaves. From the plaza, the garden has an open character, with a grass area and a path that gradually rises.. As the topography rises, the garden becomes a "native forest", with oaks, pines and alder, complemented by coverings of ferns and vinca, which leads to an open forum, with capacity of over 30 students "sitting in the woods." The forum communicates with the building through a wide and secure staircase, passing over an existing water tank. A "patio" is created between the library and the staircase at ground level. A pond, a bench and a plaque honoring the founder of the school, makes an ideal space for relaxation and contemplation. The garden master plan consists of a series of contrasting concepts: grass-forest, slope-flat, open-closed, positive-negative. Space is divided by 3 low walls, with the same direction and distance, interspersed and connected each other with metal plates, without competing with the weight of walls, which are the main themes of composition. The low walls divide and connect both parts of the garden, located in a phased manner, and have the function of retaining the slope. The whole garden is made over stone and highly compacted dirt, without the presence of natural soil. Digging, loosening and mixing it with topsoil and compost, we create the basis for plant life, having a series of drains for optimal water filtering. The garden also has automatic irrigation system and lighting. The main square and garden are an extension of the school due to their didactic purposes through data sheets at the foot of trees and plants. It is a garden where student generations are witness of plant development, encouraging environmental consciousness.