Alfredo Payá Benedito, Playa Flamenca Seconday School in Orihuela (Alicante)
Photos: Hisao Suzuki
This public high school has garnered the 2019 FAD Award for Architecture for Alfredo Payá Benedito and his Alicante-based practice, noname 29. Besides addressing an educational program, the design creates a rich inner passage that helps withdraw the school from its rather unattractive surroundings, close as it is to a motorway and some tourist accommodations. With 7,953,607 euros budgeted for the material execution of 8,943.36 square meters, the building pursues a clear linear scheme, 220 meters long, to harbor classrooms in two huge metal lattice beams stretching along the enclosure longitudinally. The classroom block rests on a framework of supports resolved with concrete screens rising from the floor and forming a series of small constructions. These are organized in autonomous, program-based packages that follow one another transversally to to the upper piece. A sequence of interlinked open courtyards connects the entire premises.
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