El Equipo Mazzanti, Helvetia School expansion in Bogotá
Photos: Alejandro Arango - Pequeño Robot
The expansion and reorganization of Colegio Helvetia – a school founded in 1954 by the Swiss community in the Colombian capital – largely respects the original facilities, listed among constructions of cultural interest. The intervention eliminates previous enlargements that have suffered structural problems in resisting earthquakes, and restores them while addressing new pedagogical models through a play-oriented building where children learn through experiments and encounters. Designed by the Bogotá practice of Giancarlo Mazzanti, the project presents a floor plan that twists to adapt to preexisting geometries and sinks one level to create a courtyard.
The ends of two unconnected wings – for primary and secondary levels – are sloped, giving access to the usable roof. Classrooms are on the first floors, and the third floors, forming turrets that open out to terraces and contain special spaces for music, art, and other activities.
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