Estel Nursery School

Estel Nursery School

This project has been a unique opportunity to work in depth on the concepts of environmental impact and life cycle of materials. After analyzing the site we see that we have a mass of Platanus Hispanica and a low resistance terrain, which will involve deep foundations. The first project decision was to position the entire program on one floor, simplifying the construction system and the foundations. The vegetation treatment strategy consists in maintaining the grove on the south side and creating a large garden over the building, integrated into the city through a new habitat.

Technological innovation, low impact on materials and energy efficiency have been the main axes in the development of the project.

The building protects itself from the sun through porches and intermediate spaces that connect with the main parts of the program: classrooms and dining room. Other implemented measures are: a deciduous grove, a green roof with a water cistern, sanitary floors, large porches, natural cross ventilation powered by the central skylights (chimney effect), solar panels for domestic hot water and underfloor heating, etc.

The construction is fully industrialized and removable. The precast elements are diverse, from the structure (which is visible), the slabs of honeycomb plates, or the facade of colored concrete panels. The installations are exposed and the false ceilings appear punctually as hanging elements of geometrical shapes and basic colors, perfectly recognizable by children. Important passive energy saving measures are taken.

Year1st prize competition 2004
Completion date2007
Surface1.280 m²
Budget1.678.507 €
PromoterAjuntament de Palamós
ConstructorImaga Proyectos y Construcciones SA
TeamSergio Lopez, architecture. Xavier Aguado, structure engineering. Proisotec, facilities engineering. MIF, quantity surveyor and site segurity control. Starp, photography.
PublicationsLa Proa