This school canteen extension in Oviedo, Spain, was designed by architect Miguel Ángel García-Pola Vallejo. The building was conceived in prefabricated modules.
As the deadlines for its construction were tight, it was fabricated in a nearby industry. Therefore, the building was divided in four modules that were joined on-site. The whole project was designed and built within 90 days.
Placed orthogonally to the main building of the primary school, the extension is conected by two platforms. These platforms allow both pedestrian traffic of students and the access of the goods.
The prismatic-shaped school canteen extension in Oviedo and its metallic skin give the building a futuristic look.
On the other hand, side façades are made of yellow plastic panels, which stand out over the laminated steel skin.
The windows are designed in modules, so they let natural light pass into the interior space. At the same time, the energy losses are minimized.
Further, the yellow coloring is also applied inside. According to the architect, “the use of only one color reinforces a sense of protection” for the children.
Concerning the uses of the building, it contains an open area for the canteen, a small kitchen, the toilets and lockers.
The zones that needed walls are located at the ends of the building. Thus, the space left in between is an open lighten area where the canteen is displayed.
At this school canteen extension in Oviedo, the furniture has been designed in a functional way. Also, scale is an important aspect of the project since the main users are the children. For instance, the washbasins are placed at two different heights, according to children’s ages.
The modules of the school canteen extension in Oviedo can also be expanded or adapted to different uses. Depending on the needs of the primary school they could even be relocated.
Architecture: Miguel Ángel García-Pola Vallejo
Photography: Marcos Morilla