Children’s House

Pedagogically-aligned school

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    Global finalist entry 2015 - Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school

    Open air class room, providing children with quality education tailored to their future needs.

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    Global finalist entry 2015 - Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school

    The rural school is surrounded by fields, making agriculture, livestock, aquaculture, hydroponics and construction part of the curriculum.

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    Global finalist entry 2015 - Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school

    The ecologically efficient Children's House starts with kindergarten and provides education that is adapted to the needs of the rural communities.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    Kokokali is a compound word derived from the Nahuatl kokone (children) and kali (house). Kokokali, the Children’s House, achieves an emotional connection between the educational space, its community and its users.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    This project aspires to dignify the school and perceptions of it from all stakeholders. The objective is to positively affect the quality of education by involving the community. Kokokali is not only a school: it becomes a space where the community can get together.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    The school will be self-built by the community and financed through donations and government support.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    The goal is for rural communities in Mexico to receive quality education according to their profile.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    The round geometry of the school favors dynamism and promotes equality between students and teachers.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    Students will learn to make the block that was especially designed for the school construction.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    The model is of a public-private school where students have scholarships up to 90% and pay only 10%.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    Agriculture, livestock, aquaculture, hydroponics and construction will be part of the activities.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    The produce of the harvest will be used to feed the students and the surplus will be sold to finance the school.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    Water will be returned to its natural cycle, used as irrigation for vegetables or fish farming.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Presentation of the Holcim Awards Bronze for “Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school” in San Andrés Payuca, Mexico (l-r): Eduardo Kretschmer, CEO Holcim Mexico; project authors Francisco Pardo and Julio Amezcua, AT103, Mexico City; and Andreas Leu, Member of the Executive Committee of Holcim Ltd, responsible for Latin America.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Celebrating the Holcim Awards main prize winners (l-r): Julio Amezcua and Francisco Pardo, AT103, Mexico (Bronze); Luis Tombé, Colectivo 720, Colombia; Juan Calle Restrepo, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Colombia; Mario Camargo, Colectivo 720, Colombia (Gold); Izbeth Mendoza and Román Cordero, PLUG Architecture, Mexico (Silver).

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    Holcim Awards Latin America media briefing, Medellín, Colombia

    Julio Amezcua (at microphone) and Francisco Pardo, AT103, Mexico City, Mexico – Holcim Awards Bronze winners J for “Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school” in San Andrés Payuca, Puebla, Mexico.

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    Feature interview – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    “Children’s natural creativity mustn't be lost” – (l-r): Francisco Pardo and Julio Amezcua, AT103, Mexico

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    Feature interview – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    “The face of schools hasn't changed since time eternal” – Julio Amezcua, AT103, Mexico

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    Feature interview – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    “Give all the children the same possibilities” – Francisco Pardo, AT103, Mexico

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    “Sustainability? Working with the community” – Julio Amezcua

    Julio Amezcua of AT103 in Mexico sees the most outstanding aspect of the “Kokokali” project is its engagement with the people and its specific context with the community – building connections at the emotional level. “Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school” in San Andrés Payuca, Mexico demonstrates deep sensibility for social, technical and environmental concerns – all combined and transformed into a stunning building for children, a building embedded in the landscape and appropriately playful in its formal expression.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San …

    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San …

    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

  • Awards Bronze 2014–2015 Latin America

The Kokokali (Children’s House) is founded on an alternative educational model for a rural community. The curriculum includes instruction in agriculture, farming and building construction, as well as the standard syllabus. The school is financed by Fundación la Concepción established by a Mexican real estate entrepreneur, and will be self-built by the community. Construction of the 3,260 sq m school is planned over five phases, concluding in 2019.

By Julio Amezcua, Francisco Pardo - AT103, Mexico City, Mexico

Ideas: Economic & Social Empowerment , Circular Design

The Kokokali (Children’s House) is founded on an alternative educational model for a rural community. The curriculum includes instruction in agriculture, farming and building construction, as well as the standard syllabus.

The school is financed by Fundación la Concepción established by a Mexican real estate entrepreneur, and will be self-built by the community. Construction of the 3,260 sq m school is planned over five phases, concluding in 2019.

Children’s House

Project authors

  • Julio Amezcua

    AT103

    Mexico

  • Francisco Pardo

    AT103

    Mexico

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