Santa Elena School
Santa Elena, Satipo, Peru · 2015
The school accommodates 200 students, and gives young people in this rural area the opportunity to continue secondary level studies. It is strategically located close to several population centres, making it accessible for the greatest possible number of students.
The architectural proposal was tailored to the geographical, morphological, and climatic conditions of the area, and to the cultural and social conditions of the community. The use of simple and local materials in a new and contemporary design creates a sense of pride and development in this usual forgotten communities.
The infrastructure consists of a compact volume with a large sports yard. The construction includes covered “open” spaces, a double-height central hall, and a corridor along the axis of the infrastructure connecting the classrooms to the administrative block. All spaces “between the classrooms,” such as laboratories and the library, were promoted as “open spaces,” for public use.
In most cases, the school in a rural community serves not only as a place to study, but also as a place for recreation and one where anyone in the community can get together. Santa Elena is another example of a village where a school provides the only real “public” infrastructure. A building in which the boundaries between inside and outside blur in order to create real public space connected with its surroundings.
Paulo Vale Afonso, Marta Maccaglia with Borja Bosch, Ignacio Bosch
Manuel Cardenas Aspajo
Javier Garcia Paucar / Local community
Volcafe Speciality Peru (VSP) Generaciones
Nominee Obra del Año Plataforma Arquitectura 2017 Award