Jardín de Infantes Particular Incorporado N°1207 Dra. Sara Faisal, Argentina Architecture

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal kindergarten

13 Apr 2020

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal by Estudio VIC

Architects: Estudio VIC office

Remodeling of Jardín Nª1207 – Dra. Sara Faisal kindergarten in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina.

Location: Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, Santa Fe province, northeastern Argentina, South America

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe

The education institution “Dr. Sara Faisal” has strong ties and background in educational services in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina. This long lasting history requires the constant building renovations that this Institution regularly implements in each and everyone of its five academic’s units.

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe

Photos © Ramiro Sosa

In this opportunity, in coincidence with the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the kindergarten unit, the institution requested the reform of the building where it was located. This building provides services to babies (one year old and older) and children in their initial stages of systematic education.

This institution was a pioneer in the city of Santa Fe in the introduction of a pedagogical system that integrates early childhood education and diversity. The original building for kindergarten services was made by a conglomared of different sub-units. For example, one of those buildings was used in teacher preparation and the profesional develoment of kindergarten teachers.

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe

By the midd nineteen eighties with the availability of a land area for building another sector, the institution decided the use of the tipology of a high level building. This building included different classrooms and of a multiple service area (fishbowl). As time went by and in addition to the need of new spatial organizations and requirements for educational services, the institution supported the rebuilt of the K and pre-K classrooms.

This happened at the same time of the fiftieth year anniversary and to provide new spaces up dated and relevant for early childhood education. This reformed areas where thought to operate as an ‘entrance’to the educational areas, and its educational offerings that include from earlt childhood to higher education.

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe

In terms of architectural projects the main goal was to refunctionalize different units and sub-units, and to open and integrate the flow between different classrooms and the outside. The Project was influence by pre-existing building conditions in a dynamics of convergences and tensions.

As leaders in the design of this project we became aware of the relevance and weight of the pre-existing conditions, not only in the building structures, but also in the ways in which this comunity used them, they function, and how they were used for different activities. As a result of these processes there was a reinvention or a reformulation of spaces, that at the end, acquired other conditions and qualities.

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe

The main challenges in this project were to develop “spatial continuities”, visual and phisical linkages, and the integration of different spaces that had not been interconnected. Another designers decisions were focused on changing and re-designing the area for the Access to the building.

This changes consisted on adapting the entrance area of the building for the support of students with disabilities, implementing the premises of “universal access” requirementes and also for the sequence and a organization of mobility flows within the whole area. In adition, it was decided the creation of an entry area with a garden to support the flow and the gathering of different members of this educational community within this building.

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe

This entry garden, which also operates as a welcoming space, was remodeled using different textures and colors. Additionally, the changes in. this space allowed to conect different building layers and a more effective use by setting one floor level.
Everyday, in this area different practicies to transition in to activities of the day are held.

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe

Different operations were implemented to modify the first and second building levels, for example, walls were demolished or windows and doors were oppened. This allow the flow between halls and the classroom areas. The administrated areas and principals offices are situated in the bottom floor. The music classroom and the fishbowl are located on the opposite site of the building with connections to the backyard. These allowed the expantion of the areas for outside activities.

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe

The first floor was refuntionctionalized ed as a result of the development of a connection between two areas that were not connected before.

This happens as a result of the building of a hall and aisle that articulates the circulation among classrooms, restrooms, and the new elevator.

One integral strategy of this project was the creation of areas without walls and without obstacules with the addition of halls that support the flow of people and activities.

The model followed the use of colours and textures, similar to the strategy once developed in the Special Education School (Santa Fe city, 2016). This intended to express warmth and social commintment to the children who attend this school.

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe – Building Information

Building: Jardín Nª1207 – Dra. Sara Faisal
Designer: Estudio VIC (https://www.instagram.com/victoriasilvestrearquitecta/)
Project Supervisor: Architect Maria Victoria Silvestre
Technical Associate 1: TCN Alana Ojalvo
Technical Associate 2: TCN Lucas Bravin
Area: 1090.50 square meters
Year: 2019

Construction Company: CAM S.A.
Technical Representative: TCN Marcelo Bonazzola
Director and Main Supervisor of the Project: Arch. María Victoria Silvestre – TCN Alana Ojalvo
Estructural Assesstment and oversight: Engineer Amelia Torrieri
Design requested by: Asociación Femenina de profesionales “Doctora Sara Faisal”
Providers: PH Aberturas Aluminio, Rex Pinturerías, Disser SRL, Balcarce 54, Colomé S.A.

Photos © Ramiro Sosa (https://www.instagram.com/ramirososafotografia/)

Jardín Nº 1207 Dra. Sara Faisal in Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, Argentina images / information received 110420 from Estudio VIC office

Location: Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, Argentina, South America

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