Los Olivos, Lima, Peru
Located in northern Lima, the Científica del Sur University Campus by the Cientifica del Sur University Campus by Michele Albanelli, Jorge Losada and Marta Maccaglia of Plan A – Oficina Plural de Arquitectura is a horizontal university campus with a generosity of intermediate spaces.
Around it, there are populous neighborhoods as well as more humble areas, including hills that are the result of recent invasions and abundant precarious housing.
A gigantic expanse of brick as far as the eye can see fills the valley and overflows onto the hills that dot it.
In this context, next to the Pan-American highway, the backbone of the country sits this project that, at first glance, aims to create a city and become a catalyst for change.
The project for the Universidad Científica del Sur combines the principles of humanistic and innovative education with non-negotiable commitments to the city and the environment.
Understanding learning as a shared process that goes beyond the hierarchical space of classrooms, the proposal considers the creation of common environments key, in which learning can occur at other levels.
This shared space is built from the very entrance to the campus, with a transfer of 17% of the lot to public areas that will improve the spatial quality of the neighborhood by providing shade, benches, trees, and meeting spaces.
Looking at it from a spatial perspective, after the canopy that protects us at the entrance, a small square brings together a cafeteria, a library, and an auditorium that can also be opened to the outside.
The space continues inside the tower to reach the roof through a skylight greenhouse.
This generosity of intermediate spaces responds to the intention of building a sustainable, healthy, comfortable, educational, and integrated campus.
From an object-oriented perspective, the building consists of two pieces: first, a two-story plinth in which the laboratories of the scientific careers are located, and which relates to the scale of the neighborhood.
This is topped with a garden roof, and above it rests a large volume of classrooms that has a central void and opens on its headwall to the Pan-American highway, becoming a landmark.
The roundness of the tower is nuanced by a self-supporting metal skin that also serves to illuminate the facade and provide maintenance.
With this strategy, the aim is to articulate a change of scale that, on the one hand, allows us to incorporate a large number of necessary square meters, and on the other hand, is already present in the place as it is a contact edge between the Los Olives neighborhood and the Pan-American highway.
Project: Científica del Sur University Campus
Architects: PLAN A – Oficina Plural de Arquitectura
Design Leader: Jorge Losada
Project Leader: Michele Albanelli
Design Coordinator: Jahir Velezmoro
Interior Designers: Carlos Vasques and Daisy La Madrid
Architecture Designers: Kelly Núñez, María José Chinguel, Fabio Rodríguez, Ana Lucía Díaz, Franco Ferraro, and Joselín Cueto
Design Team: Michele Albanelli, Jorge Losada, Marta Maccaglia, Jahir Velezmoro, Akemi Cabrejos, Carlos Vasquez, Daysi La Madrid, Kelly Núñez, María José Chinguel, Fabio Rodríguez, Ana Lucía Díaz, Franco Ferraro, and Joselín Cueto
Landscape Architects: Paisaje Vivo
Structural Engineers: Equilibrio3
Consultants: Vital Ingenieros Consultores
Visualizations: Jhunior Rodríguez
Client: Universidad Científica del Sur
Photographer: Renzo Rebagliati