Bioclimatic innovative european school. Crete

Bioclimatic innovative european school. Crete

INNOVATIVE BIOCLIMATIC EUROPEAN SCHOOL COMPLEX IN CRETE

OCTOBER 2012. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. 6,300 m2

Olive trees, no concrete

These are the two goals for our proposal: to respect the maximum amount of olive trees of the site and to reduce the use of concrete as much as possible.

Crete used to be called the “land of olive trees“. The plot of the new European school of Crete is spotted with more than 130 beautiful olive trees. Our school will try to respect this actual environment with a didactic attitude. We propose a particular respect to a particular environment, rather than an abstract environmental response. Architecture not only will be bioclimatic but also will look bioclimatic and will show it. This didactic performance is a key factor for the children as protagonists of a building which will teach them every day how to respect the environment. Architecture becomes a relationship device between persons and environment. This way, the bioclimatic innovation lays not only on technical implementation but deeper into semiotics of architecture.

On the other hand, our proposal is seeking to avoid concrete for the construction. We believe it is possible to erect a lasting and robust building facing the severe seismic conditions of the island without concrete. This is also an opportunity to explore more efficient, low energy and harmless materials for the environment and the people. Other materials for a singular environmental approach, in the need of both strength and lightness in order to achieve its purpose.