International American School
How can physical space impact on the learning process?
The American School project in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, provides an effective solution to the changing needs of this learning establishment. The interaction between the pavilions, the playground and the entrance hall helps to structure the school, providing environments suited to all types of pupils, including those from other countries. Carefully adapted to the local architecture, the complex creates harmony between buildings and empty spaces, exterior and interior spaces, with the connection to the green backdrop and local flora assuming a prominent role.
Together with the low height of the volumes, the positioning of the school in terms of the surrounding vegetation fosters a natural shading system, which is highly beneficial in light of the natural climate of the region. The effect is also one of an invitation to relax and learn in a peaceful environment close to nature. The plans to extend the complex are compatible with the continued operation of the site, even during the extension process.