Founder's Hall - Runnymede College Campus

Founder's Hall - Runnymede College Campus

Architect
Rojo Fernandez Shaw
Location
Calle Salvia, 40, Alcobendas, Spain | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Primary Schools

Secondary Schools
Luis Asín
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
SwitchGira
WindowsTechnal
Soleal
Waved Steel PanelEuroperfil
Minionda panels
Waved shaped ceramic tileCeramica Cumella
Epoxy ResinSeire

Product Spec Sheet
Switch
Windows
Soleal by Technal
Waved Steel Panel
Minionda panels by Europerfil
Waved shaped ceramic tile
Epoxy Resin
by Seire

Founder's Hall - Runnymede College Campus

Rojo Fernandez Shaw as Architects

For the sake of sustainability and economy, Founders Hall takes an existing structure on site as its point of departure. Built of a conventional modular system of post and beam porticoes, it provided the new architecture with a geometrical and dimensional base. The two-floor structure was completed and extended by a new system of steel trusses that allowed for the widening of the module (the two central columns in the porticoes were removed and the width span covered with no intermediate structure), the opening of the planimetric space and the introduction of natural light through skylights on the roof.   

photo_credit Luis Asín
Luis Asín

In the plan the repetition of modular and neutral rooms facilitates a variety of arrangements and spatial organizations through the furniture, pointing at flexibility, adaptation and change as central concerns in the design of the building. As a strategy in the section, the vertical stacking of levels is qualified by the changing relationship with the outdoors: North as opposed to South, seated or standing up, etc.

photo_credit Luis Asín
Luis Asín

The envelope is transparent on the Ground floor, metallic and translucent up above, enabling the view and the light to pass through like a lattice. Depending on the point of view, as well as on the environmental conditions, 

the volume solidifies in its borders or dissolves them. Open and closed, solid and light, opaque and transparent, the perception of its geometry and materiality depends upon very particular and changing circumstances.

photo_credit Luis Asín
Luis Asín

The material palette is deliberately reduced and abstract. For example, in the interrupted continuity of horizontal windows that wrap the volume all around, or in the modular coincidence between the waved steel panel on the façade and the waved shaped ceramic tile or, finally, the cloth-like metallic and perforated envelope, simultaneously light and heavy.

photo_credit Luis Asín
Luis Asín
photo_credit Luis Asín
Luis Asín
photo_credit Luis Asín
Luis Asín

 

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