Administration Curricular Building Liceo
María Auxiliadora by Surco Studio

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Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

Chilean architects Surco Studio have completed a rusted steel and concrete entrance and administration block for a school in Chile that was severely damaged by an earthquake.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

Sheets of weathered steel overhang the concrete exterior walls to frame the entrance to the building, which leads in towards the school's reception, as well as to new classrooms.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

Located at a crossroads in the city of Linares, the school is named Liceo María Auxiliadora and the new building displays a statue of the Virgin Mary in the window above its wooden entrance.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

Exposed concrete walls also feature inside the two-storey building, while large areas of glazing separate rooms from the double-height foyer.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

Other projects we've featured in Chile this year include a house made from prefabricated modules and a library filled with daylight.

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Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

Photography is by the architects.

Here's some more explanation from Surco Studio:


Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

The project is part of the reconstruction of a building belonging to “María Auxiliadora High School” who was seriously damaged by the earthquake of 27 / F. It was located on the corner facing the main square of Linares, Seventh Region,Chile, in an important position within the city.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

The opportunity to rebuild on the same site enabled with the sort proposed building a facility that grew without apparent order program according to the years; In this way was concentrated in the new building all the administrative and curricular program, before dispersed in school, as well as wards of agents and the main entrance to the school, thus replacing poor access and a few classrooms, for a more public one condition under its own logic to where it belongs.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

Moreover, the building seeks, through architecture, a reading of the next emblematic elements that may influence your decision, where a rusty steel pediment stands up to the patina of brick Cathedral of the city and, on the opposite axis, a deciduous plant wall accompanies the green of the Plaza de Armas. The intersection of the two fronts forms a double height access that holds a picture of the virgin becoming a kind of urban cave.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

Thus, the corner has been dematerialized in access with double eaves height, welcoming to pedestrians and mediating between the scale of the city and the gymnasium. On the other hand is looking to continue with the axes of existing buildings hiding, somehow, the trapezoidal layout of the city of Linares, which prevents the pursuit of orthogonality at the apex.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

The double-height access to and qualified in turn penetrates inside the building, creating multiple views among the various levels and venues, also becoming the gateway to the former chapel.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

The solution also had to fit a limited budget for government funds allocated to reconstruction work, for which completion tasks eliminated, making the expression of each raw material, concrete, steel and wood, along with the design structural building, equip themselves with the work atmosphere and thus the final image.

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

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Name of the work: Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares.
Authors: Surco. Juan Paulo and Felipe Alarcon Carreno
Location: Linares, Maule Region, Chile.

Promoter: Hosted by the Ministry of Education Reconstruction Plan. "Breakdown Plan 1"
Land: 367.7 m2
Constructed area: 735.4 m2

Administration Curricular Building Liceo María Auxiliadora de Linares by Surco Studio

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Year of project: 2011
Year of construction: 2011
Predominant materials: Reinforced concrete in sight, Steel, Glass DVH, Corten steel and radiata pine wood.
Photographer: SURco.

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  • Manuel

    Incredibly well related to the surroundings / neighbors. Nice sense of scale, delicate lighting… beautiful and rigorous work

  • Atheneum

    Hopefully the rusty facade had been treated. Otherwise rain will wash it away and leave some rusty marks on the walkway.

  • http://www.archmotion.tv jose miguel

    Excellent design and very good strategy of how to relate to the main square and the interior of the building by the double skin entrance.

  • celal

    it looks old already, great architecture!

  • http://www.lockerwinkel.nl Katrina Bull

    Great design – we love the combination of the rusted steel and the concrete. Very dramatic entrance area.

  • IVG

    I like the space the inner space and urban relation with the context.