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Designing a Modern Chilean School as a Symbol for Post-Earthquake Resilience

Most of the Santa Rosa School in Constitucion, Chile was destroyed in 2010 by the major earthquake that hit the region at 8.8 on the Richter scale. Santiago-based studio LAND Arquitectos was challenged with rebuilding the school quickly and cost-effectively, while creating a "promising symbol" of the city's recovery.

The firm added a public plaza and a chapel, the latter imagined as a tribute to the victims of the earthquake. The chapel has an asymmetrical roof, inspired by "typical local rock formations" along the coast of the city. A narrow patio leading up to it was built from grey flagstones, with a reception area demarcated by gray columns.

The architects chose prefabricated structural insulated panels to ensure quick building time and keep construction costs low. The structure is clad in a local pine painted with a white primer that will expose the grey-toned wood underneath over time. The local pine wood is also the main material for the project's furnishings, meant to "encourage the use of wood in the reconstruction of the city."


·LAND Arquitectos rebuilds school devastated by Chilean earthquake [Dezeen]