The learning center has two facades that are configured by the rhythm of the skylights that illuminate the classrooms. These skylights are cladded with zinc plates through their entire length, reaching down almost to the floor, leaving more transparent sections between each of them that, depending on the breaks on the glass, create access doors between the playground and the interior, windows for ventilation, and fixed glass panels that allow for better monitoring of children playing outside.
Given that all of the neighboring buildings are much taller, the roof is treated as a third facade. A playful combination of colors and change of heights not only define the composition of the roofline, but also reflect the different parts of the program on the inside of the building. While the tallest parts, defined by the skylight, correspond to the classrooms and the kitchen, a lower height is maintained throughout the length of the corridors that sit behind them. The roofline is once again elevated and covered with zinc above the administration offices that are ventilated and illuminated by means of high windows in the form of skylights.
The learning center is accessed from a spacious lobby from which two different corridors lead to the offices and classrooms. Each of the four classrooms has their own skylight and a direct visual connection to the playground. These can be transformed into six, smaller, independent classrooms by means of large sliding doors. The rest of the building contains administration offices, a teacher’s lounge, bathrooms, a storage room, and mechanical rooms.
Each of the interior elements is differentiated through the use of materials. The lower ceilings are covered with sound absorbing panels, while the higher parts, belonging to the skylights, are covered with drywall.
The classrooms can be distinguished from one another by the color of its finishes on the floor and wainscot.