Nursery in Zarautz NEW NURSERY
Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos
Zarautz Local Authority
Ibon Perez Murguiondo, J.A. Gurruchaga, JG Ingenieros, Juan Cruz Lizarraga
Alejo Bagué, Ibon Perez Murguiondo
As if it was a children’s game, the designer provided a long room along the side
The vertically placed aluminium slats enforced a 100mm spacing which
that faces a forthcoming new block, bringing all the service spaces together,
extended to all elevations, resulting in precise adjustments to the locations
and then the corridor and the five classrooms. To make the layout fit the plot,
of all the windows. The colors are deployed in accordance with a repeated
they rotated one of the 1 ～ 2 years classrooms, placing it on the hypotenuse
sequence whereby white slats alternate with colored slats, such that in front of
and they moved the other one forwards, leaving a multi-use space, while the
the spaces in the east and south elevations the pattern of color is transformed
three 0 ～ 1 years classrooms were left adjoining the center.
into a vertical lattice in which the colored slats cross over the windows while
The corners are covered with folded aluminium plates, which have the same
area, to look like boxes on top of the rest of the building which is covered with
visible thickness in each elevation as the slats themselves. With this uniform
a flat roof.
approach to the elevations, the space, while being made up of the collection of
those colors as the “material” from which to build the elevations of the new building.
the white ones are interrupted.
classrooms are taller rooms with single-pitched roofs opening towards the play
As the existing nursery is grey with a few touches of color, they have taken
The simplistic geometrical design of the floorplan has a volumetric impact. The
the flat roof and the boxes with pitched roofs, is not decomposed into separate pieces, rather can be understood as a whole, a “sculpture” composed of a mass of strips of different colors. 25