Nursery School in Los Ángeles de Eden

Location: Los Ángeles de Eden, Mazamari-Pangoa (Peru) – 2014
Cost: 30,000 USD
Built area: 125 m2
Development and execution: Asociación Semillas para el Desarrollo Sostenible
Partners: Volcafe Speciality Peru (VSP) Generaciones
Funding: Costa Foundation, Charico
Architecture: Marta Maccaglia, Paulo Afonso
Collaborators: Carlos Ramos, Gonzalo Diaz Arrieta
Construction: Constructor Javier Garcia Paucar, Carpintería Martinez, community
Photography: Marta Maccaglia, Paulo Afonso, Piers Blake

The school is located in Los Angeles of Eden, in the Selva Central region of Peru. The project was a challenge due to a limited budget and social conflict over the demarcation of boundaries between the districts of Mazamari and Pangoa.

The school consists of two classrooms, lavatories for children and teachers, a small kitchen, and a covered, multipurpose patio. On the south side of the lot a playground was built using recycled materials, such as used tires and rods left over from construction.

Handmade clay bricks were used to construct the walls and the structure is made of reinforced concrete. There is one covered eave made from of wooden beams, a ceiling of crushed cane (made by children and parents), and a corrugated roof of microcement. The windows are pivoting and multicoloured.

The construction of the school has been carried out thanks to the work of master builders and the local citizens, while the playground and stairway of tires was completed by generous volunteers and neighbours during a workshop.

More info: Proyecta