This urban crèche perhaps does not know it is a school. Its structure: a simple balloon frame easily assembled onsite from the available construction site materials,organized to provide a place for the displaced. The crèche emerges from the site conditions, just as the children’s needs emerge out of the their familial and economic conditions. The will to care for, educate, and to respect the culture of these children forms the spaces within the structure.

A sequence of flexible, focused instructional spaces interspersed by open and semi-covered communal spaces, reveal an organized modular form, with the possibility for growth. Opposite the instructional spaces are clusters of service-centered spaces: bathrooms, kitchen, and donations storage. Like the migrant children themselves, the demountable structure can be reassembled at subsequent sites, providing a place of continuity for learning. Its cogent, nomadic form can be easily replicated to affect substantial change in the lives of migrant construction workers’ children in an increasingly urban world.

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architects: David Bravo, Carlos Salinas  |  client: NGO Mumbai Mobile Creches  |  status: Competition (2014) Project (2014)  |  clasification: 1 rang  |  location: Mumbai, India  |  climate: Tropical, Hot  |  materials: metal, wood  |  environment: Urban  |  visualizer: Studio  |  budget: 10.000 €  |  scale: 200 m2 small  |  ratio: 50,00 €/m2  |  types: education, school  |  views: 4.170