Villa de las Niñas Honduras

Categories: Cultural

The Village for Girls in Honduras is an initiative of the Sisters of Mary, an institution dedicated to support developing countries through an educational model applied in areas of extreme poverty. The children chosen to participate in this program are chosen for their qualities to become agents of change in their communities. Located in the periphery of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, the project was conceptualized as a small village, where the girls not only receive an education but also enjoy leisure activities, socialize and lead a dignified live. The layout starts with a series of paths that lead to public spaces around which clusters of buildings are positioned, each with a focal point. The architecture takes into account the hot Honduran climate by using climate responsive design strategies and the landscaping responds not only to aesthetic principles but also helps keep the buildings and walkways cool. The design and the choice of materials reflects the sprit of the Sisters; essential and austere constructions and basic volumes and exposed structures brimming with character and warmth. The gymnasium’s metal structure encased in aluminum panels make reference to the informal constructions in the area. The workshops extend towards the landscape through porticos that open automatically. The classroom and dormitory buildings’ basic structure includes horizontal windows and the exterior of the building is enveloped in different colored tile creating a play of colors and positives and negatives throughout the façade. Built with zamorano marble the Sister’s house and the chapel are the most important buildings in the complex. The focal point of these structures is the cross shaped windows framing the Oratory. The details integrated into the buildings humanize and dignify them acting as small gestures of love, making reference to the relationship of the Sisters with the girls.

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