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Codazzi-Colombian School

Cesar, Colombia

Zyscovich was commissioned by the Departamento del Cesar in Colombia to design 1 new school and replace 2 others in their district. Each school has a student count of 2,400 students and is   approximately 21,000 m2 (226,042 sq ft). They are all in “Departamento del Cesar- Colombia” which is in the Northeast region of the country.  The specific towns are Aguachica (brand new school), Curumani (existing school to be replaced), Codazzi  (existing school to be replaced).

Zyscovich is working on three different sites but one concept for these schools. The idea is to create a prototype that has all the components that can eventually be reused on other sites throughout the country.  

The design of the main school is organized under one main roof. Three floors create interior courtyards that act as the heart of the school with a walk able green roof cafeteria at the center that promotes the interaction between the students and it serves as a playful space that can be used for a variety of different activities throughout the day.

All of the facilities have a Main School that consists of primary and upper level classes, and a community component that includes a community services office, a museum, a theater,  a planetarium, an exposition room and a movie projection room. In addition to this, all schools have a pre-school component that offers day care and will also offer a series of technical workshops for adult education in the evening hours. 

The elements of the design collaborate with the resources in its surroundings and adds to the culture of each town. Outdoor corridors communicate the classes which are naturally ventilated. The buildings are socially and environmentally sustainable.  The design incorporates water harvesting; cross ventilation, natural lighting, and local materials and resources for cultural identity.  

Zyscovich was commissioned by the Departamento del Cesar in Colombia to design 1 new school and replace 2 others in their district. Each school has a student count of 2,400 students and is   approximately 21,000 m2 (226,042 sq ft). They are all in “Departamento del Cesar- Colombia” which is in the Northeast region of the country.  The specific towns are Aguachica (brand new school), Curumani (existing school to be replaced), Codazzi  (existing school to be replaced).

Zyscovich is working on three different sites but one concept for these schools. The idea is to create a prototype that has all the components that can eventually be reused on other sites throughout the country.  

The design of the main school is organized under one main roof. Three floors create interior courtyards that act as the heart of the school with a walk able green roof cafeteria at the center that promotes the interaction between the students and it serves as a playful space that can be used for a variety of different activities throughout the day.

All of the facilities have a Main School that consists of primary and upper level classes, and a community component that includes a community services office, a museum, a theater,  a planetarium, an exposition room and a movie projection room. In addition to this, all schools have a pre-school component that offers day care and will also offer a series of technical workshops for adult education in the evening hours. 

The elements of the design collaborate with the resources in its surroundings and adds to the culture of each town. Outdoor corridors communicate the classes which are naturally ventilated. The buildings are socially and environmentally sustainable.  The design incorporates water harvesting; cross ventilation, natural lighting, and local materials and resources for cultural identity.