The building?s structure with its prefabricated concrete weight-bearing walls speeds up construction (1450 m2 built in 7 months) and future implementation of the complex. Mazzanti had already applied the concept of the basic module which may be multiplied to create differentiation in the overall plan in his Flor del Campo school in Cartagena, where four main areas with different floor plans were contained in a single decorative and functional enclosure designed on the basis of a prefabricated concrete unit.
Observing one of the sections of the compositional module used in Timayui, we note that the floor plan with the open inner courtyard and the design of the low windows, along with the presence of the opening of the chimneys on the top, creates both good natural ventilation reducing energy consumption for climate control and correct indoor lighting, aided by white surfaces which diffuse natural light in the interior and give all the classrooms an airy feel. This and other key features of the project, such as recycling of rainwater and greywater for use by the community and proper waste management with composting, offers a good example of successful management of a public service which the local people have learned to understand and appreciate as the pride of their community.
As a symbol of citizenship, the new Timayui school building is a social asset which uses education to explain itself and hand itself down to the new generations.
by Mara Corradi
Design: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Assistants: Susana Somoza, Andrés Sarmiento, Néstor Gualteros, Oscar Cano, Lucia Largo
Client: Santa Martha Town Hall, Carulla Foundation
Location: Santa Martha (Colombia)
Structural design: Nicolas Parra
Gross usable surface area: 1450 m2
Project start date: 2010
Completion of work: 2010
Prefabricated concrete structure
Outer cladding made of ceramic mosaic tiles
Photographs: © Jorge Gamboa