The almost invisible school proposes a reflection on the domestic scale of this kind of infrastructures, where the little ones must find spaces that they can catch, and places with which they can dream.
The accessible plan from the outside, is a large ceramic plinth made up of vertical pieces with seven colors made by Toni Cumella, which symbolize, at the same time, the singularity and the equality of each boy and each girl, collecting and enclosing the scale of the courtyards and play areas.
The upper areas are coated with a StacbondR composite aluminum finished mirror panel. These surfaces fade reflecting the sky and also the perimeter trees making this second level, necessary in the program, disappears like a magic game, and the school infrastructure recovers more domestic scales.
The stoneware ceramic material manufactured by Toni Cumella is composed of pieces of three dimensions 500 x 200 mm., 450 x 150 mm. and 400 x 100 mm. all of them of 20 mm. of thickness. Seven different colors are used and its implementation is done in vertical lines of the same width and the same color received with C1 adhesive / En-12004 Cleintex porcelain on Aquapanel board.
For its manufacture, the stoneware is cooked at high temperature (1250 ºC). It belongs to group A1 of the European standard DIN EN14411: 2012, with a water absorption of around 3%, to meet the requirements of resistance to ice, antacids, alkalis and being able to be installed outdoors without problems. The manufacturing process begins with the development of ceramic paste (stoneware) according to the characteristics of Cumella. It continues with the extrusion with the metal mold, going to the drying that to get the right properties, it should be 4 to 5 days, avoiding fast drying that would evaporate the water too fast and break. Then, we go to the glaze with the chosen color and bake the pieces one by one manually with a bake at 1250 ºC in a 24 hour process (12 hours from 0 to 1250 and 12 hours from 1250 to 0). Subsequently, the pieces are unwound and the visual inspection of each of them is completed before packaging.
Junta de Castilla y León
Arturo Blanco Herrero
Laura Martínez Arribas
Ángel García (building engineer)
Jacinto de la Riva (structure)
Fernando Aguado (engineering)
Obras y Servicios Gómez Crespo S.L.
Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán)
Finalist Project in the Tile of Spain Award 2017