Woodbox Learning Enviroment
Learning and education Enviroment
The College campus try to engage all the community with the Wood Industry process providing a unique Learning environment.
The Design solution summarize the technology and process behind creating architecture from a Pine wood forest to a wide variety of construction and design solutions.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The college Building house classrooms, workshops, cafeteria, librar, chapell and admin areas in a 30.000 sf of state of the art wood building.
The design team was commissioned to design a Technical College building plus construction in 12 month. To achieve such a challenge, the design team work closely with Celulosa Arauco wood manufacture developing a comprehensive prefabricate system that include Glulam beams, floor and wall panels, curtain wall systems and a rain screen facade.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The building himself has been designed as a learning tool. It shows to students and educators how a tree became a sophisticate and high end learning environment. Common interior and exterior spaces provide the appropriate framework for interaction, discussion and innovation. The whole campus engage the student community with the forest and surroundings.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project design started in Santiago Chile July 2015 ending construction in the south of Chile Arauco region April 2016. The design has been showcase in several magazines and on line web pages.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Wood in several products. Glulam Beam, wood columns, Wood Wall Panels, Wood Veneer panels, glass and Glulam courtin wall system, CLT panels (stairs), Floor Tile and carpet. Every structural component was fabricated using large scale plotter/cutting machine, all the connectors and joint pieces where fabricate in the same way.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Administrative offices, library and media center, technical workshops, classrooms, chapel, cafeteria, lobby and common areas for gathering and learning interaction. Exterior wood pathway systems.
A 85 mts by 12 mts and 8 mts high wood box. Column and beam structural system with wall panels and slabs. Acoya treatment to preserve natural wood on exterior facade panels. High Performance strategy that use natural airflow from glass corridor to classrooms in summer and heat stack for winter.
education, wood, design, college, higher education, learning enviroment
We consider the Architectural challenge a research journey himself.
As designers and planners, we play a critical role in synthesizing both knowledge and experience, integrating diverse ideas and perspectives towards the common goal.
GDN had the opportunity to further explore these principles during a recent project in Chile, dual sponsored by Celulosa Arauco Wood Company and DuocUC. The challenge was to create an educational facility that held the purpose of general higher education during the daytime, with corporate education and development as focus on off hours. The type of subjects could range from computer technology to the exploration of wood products and the structuring of industry implementation.
In the initial discovery we set forth by learning about the unique qualities and characteristics of the project and its benefactors. DuocUC is a well-known and respected technical college that has successfully provided a high level of education to the public sector through establishing programs focused on the necessary technical industries that support and service their communities. Celulosa Arauco maintains their high standards and focus on providing innovative and sustainable ways in addressing the forestry industry, its products, harvesting materials, distribution, and its global impact.
The design process based itself on multi-levels of participation, and integrated a diverse range of stakeholders from the region, helping to define local needs, blending business aspects and strategies, setting up specific program expectations and innovative practices, and included welcoming the native “Mapuches,” who brought a deep understanding and perspective of the cultural respect and value for the areas history, as well as the sacred visions towards the environment and local protected species.
Each design decision from that point forward, based itself upon guiding principals that were gathered through this expanded participation, and tested for their educational value and impact.
The setting was chosen in a remote region in southern Chile, outside of Concepcion, in the heart of the forestry business for Arauco. As DuocUC was looking to expand their presence in this region, so was Arauco looking to better serve its community, which lacked the contemporary infrastructure and physical resources to better educate and develop their employees.
It became important for the design to emphasize the industry’s practices and profile, using flexible systems that would allow fast manufacturing and simplicity of assembly. Installation of each component needed to be obvious in the design, and a “wood box” symbolism became the guide for the elements, housing the classrooms, workshops, and academic support functions. In contrast, a grounded, zinc-clad element was created to offset the open wood volume and house a chapel, library, and administration and cafeteria functions.
It was critical for the design to respect how the facility and its pieces would align gently within the pine-grove site, but even further, how these pieces would showcase themselves through craft and detail, where each element became part of the story and memory of Arauco and its partners. High performance strategies and sensitivities added to the overall care of the project, and provided a solution that expressed the local culture, while empowering growth and development of its diverse community.
The main challenge by far was the time and resources. The nature of education market require to have the new college building ready to go by March 2016. Thats mean only 10 month for Design and construction of 30.000 sf facility. It was also mandatory to use and apply wood materials and it associate technology extensively trough the proyect.
During the Design process, we found two cultural challenges related to a local native community "Mapuches". When the site was under preparation, a group of uniques natives trees arise. The "Boldos" Trees are sacred for a Chilean Native "Mapuches" community. Because that, our design adjust it location in order to protect and engage the Boldo grove.
Design an appropriate learning enviroment require as well specific attention to natural light, acoustic levels and thermal confort. In order to achieve that challenge, we use several passive and high performance solutions reducing the energy consumption 40%.
Finally, we where challenge to design n a group of design and technical solutions in wood that docent exist in Chile. One of the most successful one was the Glulam Beam Curtain wall system
TEAM MEMBERS (8) :
PIC, Senior Architect Designer: Alvaro Velasquez, Senior Project Architect: Mauricio Nachmann, Architect Designer: Fernanda Bousquets, BIM Architect: Bruno Coulon, Landscape Architects: Teresa Mollar & Macarena Urzua, High Performance: Lucas Vasquez, and
Aryeh Korenfeld & GDN Architects