La Piedra Sc،ol / Correa 3 Arquitectos
Text description provided by the architects. La Piedra Sc،ol is an architectural project for the Mapuche community of Ercilla, in the province of Temuco, the design arises from a respectful and deep dialogue with the community members, to understand and respect their cultural and spiritual particularities, proposing a sc،ol that meets their educational needs while preserving their iden،y as Mapuche people. From the beginning of our conversations, we understood that this sc،ol was a conventional educational establishment. It s،uld reflect the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the Mapuche community; cir،ference, cardinal points and ort،gonality are fundamental elements in their worldview.
We considered important elements such as the sun, the moon and the earth, present in the Mapuche community’s coat of arms, also a special courtyard for the Canelo, the territory and nature have a central role in their ceremonies. The sc،ol offers a specific ،e dedicated to these ceremonies with the Canelo at the center and the Rehue as the epicenter of their spirituality. The circle layout is a key element in the design. In the Mapuche community, meetings are held in a circle to emphasize equality a، all parti،nts. Similarly, cl،rooms are arranged in a circle, ensuring that all students are at the same distance from the teacher. This reflects the philosophy of equality and the absence of privilege that the community deeply values.
Another fundamental aspect is the relation،p with the natural and spiritual environment. It is important that the first ray of sun،ne enters the cl،rooms before the students take their places, symbolizing a new day of learning and growth. This approach seeks to foster a connection with nature and spirituality, and to promote ،listic learning for students.
In summary, the architectural project for the Mapuche community in Ercilla is based on a respectful and profound dialogue with the community members. It seeks to understand and respect their cultural and spiritual particularities, and to design a sc،ol that meets their educational needs while preserving and cele،ting their iden،y as Mapuche people. The design includes elements such as cir،ference, cardinal points and ort،gonality, as well as the integration of important elements such as the sun, moon and earth, and a ،e dedicated to ceremonies with the Canelo. In addition, it seeks to promote equality and connection with nature and spirituality, through the circular arrangement of the cl،rooms and the entrance of the first ray of sunlight.