Colegio María Montessori Mazatlán
Studio: EPArquitectos + Estudio Macías Peredo
Project: Colegio María Montessori Mazatlán
Location: Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Project Category: Dreaming
Photo credits: Onnis Luque
Mazatlán has a high temperature, high humidity weather. The proposal encourages to minimize heat impact on the classrooms without loosing natural light and exterior relation. The project should be a children´s village.
The Montessori model is not a conventional education system, so classrooms should facilitate these dinamics, where children can experiment and awake their senses. The recomended space should be centrifugal instead of linear.
A system of 19 hexagonal modules, built in hollow brick, contain the classrooms, which compress to the inside, creating a perimeter porched hallway that promotes pressurized air and thermal insulation. This porch solves circulation and as a space for semi-open activities.
The challenge was to develop a project that could be built easily in stages, where the first 1100 square meters should be built in a maximum of four and a half months, so flexibility of independent modules was very important.
The triangular openings not only puts in crisis the idea of an opening, speculating that the triangle is an agile and playful geometry to build a window. The classroom as a cell as well as the system as a whole allows children to freely build their own order.