2020 GFD 🏆 Awards

Special Mention: C.E.I.P. Clemente Fernandez de la Devesa, Medina del Campo (Valladodid) by Eduardo Miguel González Fraile

Two building wings delimit a rectangular plot with its playground. The first wing, with administrative program, services and housing of the concierge, accompanies the access ramp to a lobby where the two wings converge and vertical communications are installed. Here begins the classroom wing that colonizes the other side of the plot in the form of cascading terraces, leaving playgrounds and exclusive exits to the outside of each. The reading and ease of location, as well as the functional scheme adopted, with classrooms on one side of the corridor and widenings in the entrances thereof, refer to the integral conditions of rationality of the Modern Movement.

Special Mention- Global Future Design Awards 2020
Firm | Eduardo Miguel González Fraile
Architect/Designer | Eduardo Miguel González Fraile

Category | Educational Built
Team | Eduardo Miguel González Fraile
Country | Spain
Photographer/Copyright | ©Eduardo Miguel González Fraile

©Eduardo Miguel González Fraile

The aesthetic adopted by the building refers to a journey in a collective boat, of high depth, as if it were a boat of several decks in full navigation, illustrating the metaphor of the vital transfer that implies access to education by schoolchildren. All construction becomes a manifesto of that vital and cultural journey for which we are prepared as children. In addition, the project takes up the modern tradition of school programs, with lots of light, a lot of horizontal development, large presence of the outdoors even from the inside, where all the architectural elements, windows, doors, stairs, cantilevers, etc. are correlated. The deployment of the terraces, covered and uncovered, as mobile languages that are launched outside the building and, in turn, absorb us inward, is typical of the more hygienist and pedagogical characteristics, turning the roofs into elevated playgrounds, where schoolchildren have different visions of the space and the environment around them. Here, it seeks a surprising architecture, deconventionized and always tending to show the user that other alternatives are possible.

In other respects, the formal reading of the two wings and even of each classroom is direct, since what happens in the interior space is always aimed at a gradual expansion into the outer space, either towards the cascading terraces, either towards the general courtyard on the ground floor, where each classroom participates in its own external enclosure. The ramps articulate the entire development of the building, since a sloped walk forms the entrance and introduces us to the joint between the two wings, the main hall, whose route is recommended by the staff located in the wing of administrative services and meetings for the management of teaching.

The general morphology enhances the sense of horizontal mobility, producing a tensioned reading and dynamic balance of the whole. References to the packet boat are clear, but so are those, more aerial, that recall how aviation ingenuities rise in the air.