The construction of a nursery in this area tries to solve an historical lack of such
services. The location of the building in a development area, next to a marginal zone,
becomes an important point of the project, in addition to the morphology of the plot, not
particularly suited to outdoors functions that are supposed to a building of this type.
The social environment of the building is characterized by an extremely contrasted
situation, where social housing and high cost housing living on both sides of the street.
This has caused a certain hermetic attitude of the high-cost housing, caused by
excessive extroversion of social housing tenants, who make the street an extension of
Furthermore, the City Council has planned a concentration of school equipment in
order to make easier the relationships between these.
This has generated a certain kind of tensions in the design phase of the project, which
has induced, in some way, an introverted character of the building, but the basic
approach is to not turn away from that reality. The administrative area and professors
are set at San Juan de Aznalfarache Street, next to the aforementioned marginal zone,
orienting classroom to south and east, on the opposite side of the plot.
This configuration, together with the rectangular shape, very elongated, causes the
appearance of a series of courtyards that articulates the interior of the building. Over
this organizational scheme stands a continuous deck, which rises controlled in certain
points to generate some skylights that illuminate the interior of the distribution areas
and give indirect lighting to classrooms.
To attend the need of short time work execution, it was decided to adopt prefabricated
large format building systems, precast concrete panels façade, plasterboard partitions,
zinc roof, which together with the steel structure and composite floor slab, has reduced
execution times enormously.
There are two fundamental aspects that link the building with the public promotion that
generates it: 1. the search for a low maintenance and energy consumption. Highly
durable materials such as zinc, concrete and HPC, and controls energy consumption
and support renewable energy are used, and 2. the possibility of using of the building
out of school time as a meeting facility of potential neighborhood associations, by
configuring of control and access area, along with the multi-purpose room and kitchen-
dining room, separating these rooms from the rest of the center.
Name Nursery in La Pañoleta
Architect Antonio Blanco Montero
Architect’s web www.abau.es
Location Calle Mairena del Aljarafe, S/N. Camas, Sevilla, Spain
Client Camas Municipality
Structure Calculation Sergio Estévez Salazar
Contractor Construcciones TEMIR S.L.
Project area 1,000 sqm
Project date March 2011
Completion date July 2012
Photography Fernando Alda