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Children’s House

Pedagogically-aligned school

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.

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An elegant and discrete structure dedicated to children’s learning
“A building can help children understand life”
Global finalist project entry 2015 - Children’s House
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
“Sustainability? Working with the community” – Julio Amezcua
Changing the paradigm of education: Bronze for a pedagogically-aligned school
“A deep sensibility for social, technical and environmental concerns” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 for Latin America
Project Details
San Andrés Payuca, Mexico
Francisco Pardo
Main Author
Francisco Pardo
AT103, Mexico
Julio Amezcua
Main Author
Julio Amezcua
AT103, Mexico
Ariel Rojo Design Studio, Mexico
Esrawe Studio, Mexico
Entorno Taller de Paisaje, Mexico
ROW Studio, Mexico
Cadena + Asoc. Concept Design, Monterrey
Bronze 2014
Latin America
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Children’s House: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for Latin America
Children’s House: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for Latin America

A school building in San Andrés Payuca in Mexico founded on an alternative educational model received the Bronze Award. …

“Sustainability? Working with the community” – Julio Amezcua
“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 …

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