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El jardin de Adele
Encañada, Peru
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Location:
Encañada, Peru
Category:
education
Phase:
under construction
Updated:
30 December 2022
El Jardin de Adele is an architectural, educational and collaborative project born with the intention of leaving a positive environmental and humanitarian footprint. The kindergarten is designed with sustainable local materials in the village of Encañada, northern Peru, where there is an urgent need for a kindergarten. It will accommodate up to 100 children aged 3-6 years and will have all the requirements to be a welcoming and ecological school.
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Introduction
The school is dedicated to a baby girl who passed away too early. Adele falls into the perinatal deaths category, a condition that is not widely talked about and unfortunately involves many more families than we can imagine. Architecture allows us to spread the message of the importance of maintaining the knowledge of building with sustainability-conscious and local methods, but we would like to be able to sensitize as many people as possible on child-related issues as well, by talking about and spreading the project.

El Jardin de Adele complex will be approximately 500 sqm and it will be divided into multiple buildings reflecting the main functions of a kindergarten: education, psychomotricity, nutrition and administration. All buildings will face a common inner courtyard protected by a canopy; in the middle, a large tree will act as a magnet for the whole school system and invite sharing and sociability. 
Teaching activities will be organized by zones: there will be space for playing, drawing, learning. Each classroom will also have a private portion of courtyard with outdoor games and small vegetable gardens.

The project has been designed with the country's architectural traditions and the use of materials that are as km zero as possible. The external walls are made of earth bricks, using a local construction technique known as “Adobes” that draws its origins from the pre-hispanic building tradition.
laying earth bricks step by step

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Impact
First and foremost, the project aims to meet a need of Encañada community to have a welcoming and safe kindergarten, which is consistent with the constructive standards of the country and is suitable and free of charge for a large number of children from the village and the surrounding area. We would like to emphasize the importance that the pre-school has for children, it supports the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of the child by creating the "foundations" of the educational and instructional process. 

Another aspect that we considered of considerable importance is nutrition. The school canteen will be able to guarantee children regular access to adequate meals.

Another important aspect is the impact generated by the architectural and constructive processes of the school. We wanted to use mainly local materials and traditional craftsmanship. The use of adobes is often considered a 'poor' type of construction; by using it for an important structure such as the school, we wanted to show to the local community the importance of their cultural heritage and enhance their architectural tradition. In addition, during construction we organized several participatory construction weeks, during which the citizens worked together and could feel themselves players of the project. 

Finally, the project has an economic impact within the community thanks to the intervention of local labour, both for the construction and for the supply of materials such as adobes, wooden fixtures and interior furniture.
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Core team
The municipality of Encañada includes about 120 caserios, small villages located on the heights of the region. Here everything is more difficult because of the lack of essential goods: water, food, health, education. In this area in 2002 a mission managed by Italian volunteers of the association "Qua la mano" was born. Since then there has been a very close relationship between volunteers and the inhabitants of Encañada. Today there are a hundred people who work side by side with the many missionaries who live there.

The school construction is going on thanks to the help of the group of mission workers but not only! In fact, even the inhabitants of the whole community have offered to work for free. This school will really be theirs! The mission has launched a cooperative of artisans, artists and carpenters: they are creating all the fixtures that will complete the school (interior doors and windows).
The architectural project is by lu·di·ca architetti, a team of friends: four architects and one pediatrician, located between Faenza, Turin and Paris. Lucilla and Caterina, two architects of the team, have already spent a period in Peru to work together with the community and supervise the construction site more closely.
Nowadays this building site is managed by Lorenzo, project supervisor that, with the local workers, follows step by step all the phases of the construction.
When the school will be ready and finished, an Italian volunteer educator will take care of the internal management with a dozen people among teachers, teaching assistants and managers of the school canteen.
team of workers

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Image gallery
earth bricks - "Adobes" construction tecnique

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wodden beams for roof structure

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earth bricks - "Adobes" construction tecnique

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teamwork

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laying earth brick step by step

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the buildings of the three classrooms during the construction site

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workers transporting the trunks for roof

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working on the roof

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beautiful shadows

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starting with the construction of the other three buildings

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during the construction of roof

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views

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inside the classrooms during plastering

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the external walls

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the external walls

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starting with the construction of the other three buildings

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Technical drawings
Project area - Encañada

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Site plan

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Floor plan

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Concept

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Function

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Step by step

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Front view

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Section - ecological footprint

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Community building

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Help bring our project to life!
Where are we now
El Jardin de Adele’s construction began in April 2021, supported by various highly participated local fundraisings, which allowed us to bring to completion about half of the intervention up to now. The initiatives and donations have never stopped and so far, we have reached 72% of our goal.
The 3 main classrooms have already been completed and the structure of the remaining half of the building is now under construction; the funds allowed us to purchase most of the materials and to find the local labor needed.

But our work will not end with the completion of the building, we also want to give this beautiful project the necessary funds to be able to sustain itself!
An indication of our team’s capacity:
72% funding already raised
90% expertise already found
80% materials / equipment already found
100% builders already found
Finance: € 35,650

Even if the project received a lot of support, it is not ever enough!
With the current funds we can only complete the building itself, but there's a lot more to do in order to make this school the perfect place to raise healthy children.
Interior space needs the right furniture to be completely useful to his role and we need to provide it.
External areas to play safely in nature are not funded yet, and it will be a lot of work to do; those are a very useful tool also like open classrooms and community spaces.
And last, but not least, we want to give this school the necessary help to be fully functional and not worry about money for a year, at least.
Your help can really make the difference!

  • Interior furnitures
5,650
  • Playground and landscape
18,000
  • Maintenance and Menagement 2023
12,000
Skills: Financial advice
Our goal is to continue to maintain the school into the future (teachers' salaries, maintenance of the building, etc.). Any suggestions and helps for drawing up a long-term financial plan are really usefull.  
Stuff: Equipment & tools
In order to complete the project, we need to finalise the interior furnishings and the outdoor space. 
We are looking for new partners in order to provide indoor and outdoor furnitures for the school playground essential for the children's development activities.
Help bring our project to life!
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