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The Spanish School in Rabat

The Spanish School in Rabat

Rabat, Morocco

2017

The project articulates around two strategies, on the one hand to create an educational landscape based in the Campus of Rabat and another to build-up the image of this institution that will remain in the collective memory of the students that will grow there.
The project is designed with a unitary identity organized with several “arms” adapted to patios and linked by a continuous pierced canopy that expands and narrows according to the needs and at the same time embracing the exterior spaces and the views of the surrounding groves. In this way the green areas occupy the open spaces of the school merging with the negative architectural imprint.
From the access, the canopy welcomes and articulates opened and enclosed common spaces, organizing the set of classrooms as autonomous units around small yards.
The fragmented white volumes of different heights, built with whitish light-coloured enamelled brick, remind us to the imaginary of vernacular architectures, which represent the importance of their ultimate goal: the place where the foundations for life in society are developed, where knowledge and learning craft the future. The canopy built with a lightweight concrete slab finished with dark red ceramics, will turn into the School’s representative image.

On going | 1st prize in national competition | 9.850 m2
Plot in front of the Educational Sciences University.
Agdal,
Rabat
Architects: Ángela García de Paredes. Ignacio G. Pedrosa
Client: Spanish Ministry for Education, Culture and Sports.
Management: Management of Infrastructures and Projects of Education and Culture.
Collaborators: Álvaro Rábano, Clemens Eichner, Roberto Lebrero, Luis G. Pachón, Matteo Maggio (estudiante IUAV)

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