Creating an Escola des Belas Artes, conditioned by the climatic, economic, cultural and social situation in Maputo.
- Shading is important all year. Especially from the NE and NW
- Prevent floodings in rainy season (ground cover, drainage)
- Natural ventilation when possible
- Try to use as much as possible of the existing structure
- Avoid expensive solutions/materials
- Community: Open, encourage interaction and togetherness. Playfullness
- Maintenance: Low or no maintenance
- Students will be mostly from wealthy families. Give something back to the community (concerts, exhibitions, workshops that include everyone)
- Crime: Easy to secure/shut off areas. One entrance.
_benefit from locating the schools together:
- Encourage interaction
- One school, not three schools located next to eachother
- More than just a school. Activity, artists, concerts and exhibitions.
- Collaboration with other cultural institutions. Guest artists, exchange.
- Value as a symbol. Something to be proud of. Appearance and status.
The essence of this is, as I see it, two main principles:
Creating one school, where the art forms interact and learn from eachother.
Creating a cultural center for the people of Maputo.
This again has some main architectural consequenses:
The spaces for teaching, rehearshing and displaying must be connected in a way that encourages interaction. Mixed use of spaces. Internal logistics that makes people/arts meet.
Minimize the gap between the activity at the school and the public.