Description sent by the project team. Time after school is critical to the overall development of children and youth. In vulnerable areas, large numbers of children are left without adult supervision when they are not in school, posing a risk to their health, safety and integrity. In these areas, the lack of safe spaces for recreation, violence, vices and insecurity impede healthy development and lead to the deterioration of the social fabric. This brings with it a series of serious consequences for the community, perpetuating the negative cycles that generate inequality.
The Boys and Girls Club is a project focused on providing children and young people, between 6 and 18 years old, at risk, a healthy and safe space that encourages creativity, innovation and physical and intellectual development. It is a space that provides training, artistic and recreational extracurricular activities that generate positive values and community integration.
In order to carry out this project, a location was carefully sought within a crime prevention polygon contemplated by the Undersecretariat of the Interior, likewise, a thorough investigation was necessary to understand the area, its problems and more severe limitations. The focus of this research focuses on the failed relationship between the growth of the city and the well-being of the community, the massive urbanization of the areas of scarce resources of the city, lacking public space and that consequently do not have the necessary conditions. to generate the healthy development of the community, particularly of children and young people.
One of the most relevant challenges was the interaction with the community: it was essential to gain the trust of the neighbors. During the construction process, we were active in the community offering various activities to the inhabitants of the surrounding neighborhoods, to introduce them to the mission and programs of the Club. Another challenge for the execution of the project was the search for the donation in kind of the construction materials, the probono collaboration of specialists and contractors, as well as the support of public and private institutions.
The project was divided into three buildings, corresponding to diverse and very defined needs: Building A is the educational one, which houses classrooms and music, art, computer, kitchen and library rooms. This building is developed in a single-level volume, which has two contiguous central courtyards that are understood as one. The patio allows natural ventilation and lighting without the need for windows on the facades, pursuing the following specific objectives: safeguarding the integrity of children by allowing supervision of what happens in each classroom without the need to make long journeys, protecting equipping the classrooms against possible vandalism and theft and avoiding the distraction of children during class time.
Building B is the arts building, a two-level building that houses more open and playful spaces. Here is the room for dance classes and the room for martial arts, as well as a large multipurpose space. The building also has a semi-open auditorium to perform music recitals, dance and all kinds of lectures, this connects seamlessly with the main staircase that leads to the central esplanade. The building is complemented by an exclusive space for teenagers, where young people can relax in a safe environment. In this place, trainings and talks are given to inform young people about the risk of drug use and other addictions, as well as sexual education issues, among others.
Building C is the sports building, which contains a large covered space where all kinds of activities and sports can be carried out. The building takes advantage of the north orientation to provide natural light through the serrated roof.
The three buildings are connected by a covered corridor that functions as a guiding axis and as an element of spatial organization. This element is the backbone of architecture, made up of 24 arched vertebrae. The Archway is an ingenious geometric game of apparent concrete arches. Each of the 24 modules represents one of the human vertebrae, understanding education and comprehensive training as the backbone of building a better future.
The project is completed with various sports and recreational areas: basketball and soccer courts, squares, parks and gardens, as well as wide esplanades and stairways that sculpt the natural topography of the land and that lead to contiguous, open and program-free spaces.
The building is a reality thanks to the generosity of various companies and people who have contributed to this noble cause.