Terranova School
The new building of the Terranova School is located on the hills overlooking the city of San Luis Potosi, in Mexico, from the west. This great location offers a spectacular view of the city, that is enjoyed from every space in the building. The project is composed with several elements. The most visible are two 3-storey sections containing classrooms and teachers’ offices. The concrete and glass façade of this building was designed with great geometric rigor and precision, yet at the same time it is detailed in a playful and light composition. At the center of these two blocks, a triple height central space is framed by two large crossing concrete porticos. This central space is the heart of the school. All teachers and students walk through this space daily, and it has been designed as a place for informal education and self-learning. The classrooms for art, theater and music, as well as a multiuse space and the principal’s office all define this space. The dominant structure in this central space is the library, a large red volume with an extensive glass façade facing the view of the city. The library is connected to the school via a long flight of stairs, which also serves as an area for social gatherings and a forum for informal activities. A third element is a block of restrooms and other servant spaces at the back of the building. The project is highly transparent and didactic in the tectonic expression of its structure, and enriched by a wide range of materials and colors. The structure, either concrete or steel, has been left exposed. Other walls are yellow or dark red. The design of the building intends to allow the students to see and understand clearly how it has been built, and how it works architecturally.


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