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Elii : 093 - Save The Children

In order to offer a place dedicated to the education of underprivileged minors in the city of Vallecas (Spain), the Save The Children Foundation has called on the Madrid agency elii to renovate and expand its head office, located in the district of San Diego. An architectural project focused on the development of its small residents.

Since 2017, near 200 children in situations of poverty or with risk of social exclusion were able to benefit from the school reinforcement courses offered in the Spanish premises of the association. For this purpose, the set of 483 square meters of floor area spread over five levels of this building dating from the 1950 years has been reviewed. The façade has been rehabilitated and thickened with planters offering thermal insulation - previously non-existent - and regulation of solar radiation. The back of the building was partially destroyed to install a stairwell and finally a fifth floor was added with a pitched roof thought hosting photovoltaic panels.

A reception, a teachers' room and a storage room make up the ground floor. Above, the first two levels serve a classroom, an office and a computer room. The third floor has a library, an archive room and a greenhouse dedicated to gardening. While the fourth and fifth levels are organized in double-height to promote ventilation. The whole thing is a luminous place, where plants, light wood and corrugated plastic panels stand out.

The interiors are colorful and eclectic, white walls punctuated by OSB and bright yellow floors, but also sliding or pivoting blackboard painting doors that encourage the creativity of children. To complete this project, the architects created three shelves on wheels for the library that functioned as movable partitions, so that teachers and students could structure the room as they wished.

The children of the San Diego neighborhood can now enjoy a place of learning thought foremost for them.

To learn more, visit the website of the agency elii

Photographs: Subliminal Imagen (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

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