The terrible loss of life in China, caused by the earthquake, has revealed lack of construction solutions and a missing monitoring system of the construction process in the region of Sichuan. Reconstruction has been very difficult, meanwhile a large number of temporary shelters has been constructed. Shelters that are neither durable nor thermally adequate were built to fulfill the urgent need for living space of the Sichuan inhabitants. The tremendous catastrophe has moved scientists.
Professor Zhu Jingxiang from the School of Architecture at the Chinese University in HongKong (CUHK) developed integrated construction systems for a reconstruction of a basic school in the village of Xiasi located in the Sichuan region. The old building was heavily damaged by the earthquake and its students were forced to leave the school. The new school was constructed within two weeks period thanks to the donations from Hong Kong Dragon Culture Charity and CUHK New Asia Sichuan Fund. Construction costs were low. The school was opened for students in September, it is durable and safe with low energy consumption.
Recently, a new kindergarten building has been constructed in the city of Selo, not far away from Ajdovscina city in Slovenia. Minimart is the name of the author of this project that has extended an existing building and added a new northwest part possessing all the elements of modern architecture. New part has more than 260 square meters. This space is divided into two playrooms designated for children of different age. A common space, service rooms and toilets are associated to the playrooms.
Both playrooms have an external terrace with an access on the outside playground. Kindergarten rooms are functional, adapted to the age of the children. The whole design is very playful, mostly pastel colours were used.
Unique Gym has been constructed in the French city of Sait Gilles. Architect Jean Marc Rivet has created an outstanding green design. This eco-friendly building is energy-saving, reducing impact on its surroundings. The gym is inclined at one side that has a large glazed window providing optimal sunlight for the interior. Since the building is eco-friendly, it has photovoltaic panels as energy source. Pleasing roof gardens are accessible from the training grounds what provides enough of fresh air for athletes.
As for the exterior of the building, it is formed by simple stripe design, a pattern of two bricks laid in both directions creates an interesting contrast. Natural colors predominate the interior complemented by small details as red entrance door. Facades have a stainless covering emphasizing the horizontal line of the building.
The building of the Social kindergarten in El Porvenir, in Bogota, the capital of Colombia was finished in 2009. The name of the architect who designed the building is Giancarlo Mazzanti. He created a very fresh design for children living in a very poor area situated within uptown of the Colombian capital. The new building is mostly white, the white color should represent hope. At the beginning, the initial idea was to transform into design the children game with blocks.
The project is planned to be able to adapt to different situations, topographic as well as urban. The entire complex is protected by an exterior structure of two walls. Behind the first one are playgrounds with public areas, behind the other one a complex of kindergarten buildings. Buildings are more or less simple in order to be multifunctional. At the same time a cosy space for children of different age was created.
The eduction center is a project of Malcotti Roussey Architectes and is located in the suburbs of Vellefaux village. A one-storey H-shaped building is partly embedded in a slope what accentuates surrounding curvy terrain of French woods. The parcel is neighbouring by woods from east as from west. An observation cottage is accessible from a colonnade footbridge with a fabulous view at woods. The education center should become a place where one would escape from a stereotype of a classic school and harmonize with wildlife. The center itself houses kindergarten, primary school, space for cultural events, IT rooms, media library, art rooms, poly-functional rooms, cafeteria, kitchen and a reception. Public areas and offices are situated in the center of the complex. The access road provides different views at the surrounding nature. The complex is complemented by a children playground protected from wind. Almost all complex is surrounded by a roofed shelter that connects interior and main court with a number of ramps and platforms used for school plays and events. The shape reflect the countryside, used materials are sustainable. Walls are made from coloured concrete, wood is used a lot as well. Sustainable character of the building prove a solar heating system or reuse of rain water.