classrooms, workshops and faculty offices
location: piura, peru
client: universidad de piura
design team: s. barclay – j.p. Crousse
project team: d. leininger
built surface: 9500 m2
photographer: c. palma
published in: Casabella 868 Dec.2016 / Summa+ 154 Dec 2016
The facility is conceived as an extension of the arid forest of Algarrobos that characterize the northern Peruvian desert, providing shade in a hot and dry climate.
A new generic classroom and faculty offices in UDEP campus, situated in the hot desert in the North of Peru, is the opportunity to give the students the needed space for informal learning between classes, potentiating wide open circulations protected from sunshine and glare.
A constellation of 10 buildings are linked by a system of ramps and alleys, courtyards and gardens within a square perimeter of 70 x 70m. Five typical units are assembled within this square to produce a great variety of open but protected spaces for students and faculty members, with facilities like informal reading spaces, cafes, meeting rooms and reception.