Student Residence, Santa Elena

Location: Santa Elena village, Pangoa, Junin, Peru.
Year: 2019
Build area: 130 m2
Architecture: Asociación Semillas para el Desarrollo Sostenible.
Funding: 8×1000 Chiesa Valdese, CPS – Comunitá Promozione Sviluppo, Crowdfunding.

The project “Student Residence, Santa Elena” is located in a rural area of the central jungle of Peru. The residence is incorporated into an existing school building, allowing access to education for students from the most remote communities. The project has been carried out through a participatory process.
The architectural and structural design is systemic and modular, in anticipation of a future expansion and the design follows bioclimatic principles to guarantee environmental comfort, ensuring constant ventilation and natural lighting.
The building is built up of a wooden structure with a light roof and minimal habitable modules – the cabins – whose OSB walls divide and define the space. Each cabin opens to the common area of the residence from a sliding door that connects to the hallway. The hallway is equipped with tables and chairs, becoming an extension of the rooms and a common living space, offering different levels of privacy: from the individual to the collective.


To find out more:
Project process video
Work progress video

Report, Participatory workshops
Publication Archdaily