This Infant’s School was conceived as a nexus between two different worlds; children’s world full of innocence, amusement, revelation, fascination and senses,and adult’s world where it rules responsibility, functionality and rationality.
In “Alice in Wonderland”, Lewis Carrol, takes us back to the duality of the adult-child world and its opposite feelings: imagination-reality, game-work, fun-responsibility, etc… ThisInfant’s School becomes into Alice’s world, where everything are feelings, experiences, scale games, color, everything perceived through the innocent kids eyes.
The building is conceived as a continuum space built by pieces, this pieces are placed as a divided whole. This way the architects wanted to create a transversal relationship between the two worlds, interior and exterior, enhancing the ambiguity between them, from where everything is a game until where the education is required, they can enjoy happily all day long.
The school entrance, a roofed open space, not only introduce the visitor into the building but glimpse how the building is going to be, so as if it was a game children get inside, establishing at the that time a clear difference between public and private space. The skin of the building is a continuous crease that solves questions as orientation, lighting and air circulation, the covered exterior spaces turn into a new extension. Under the big roof, we find all the pieces that conforms the space, the lighting and the air are solved by a mixture of flats which we find throughout the building. The children, in the aim of activating the visual sensations, go through the different interior-exterior areas with height variations. This skin is completed with a big courtyard common to all classrooms that works as a playground area interacting with the rest of the topographical land of the plot.
Outwardly the classrooms are associated to the big garden that makes up the remainder of the plot showed as a signed of how this kind of extension, sheltered from the sun and the rain across the covered porch.Therefore, the building, is perceived from the surroundings as a big floating roof under which a whole world of colors and textures are shown inviting the children to dive into an entertaining world.