• GELM Annex

    Educational, Corozal 2010

    • Educational Finalist A+ Awards - 2015
    • Honor Award of Excellence-AIA FL/Caribbean Honor & Design Awards - 2014
    • Merit Award-AIA Honor Awards PR Chapter - 2013
    • Honor Award-XIII Puerto Rico's Architecture Biennale - 2013

    The GELM Annex, located in Corozal, Puerto Rico, involves a second design built commission for the Guardería Ecológica La Mina, which is a Head Start & Early Head Start school of the Puerto Rican Family Institute. Like the first commission, this second structure had been in a state of neglect for approximately 20 years. It was a typical module of pre-designed concrete used by the Department of Education for school expansions in Puerto Rico since the 1960s. Being part of an ecological pre-school, it was decided that the footprint was to remain unchanged and the demolition, although tempting, took a back seat to the overall recovery. The building now serves as a multipurpose room for parent meetings, seminars and trainings for teachers, among other uses, while it provides storage on the first floor.

    GELM Annex view of corten steel pattern and concrete base
  • GELM Annex view of existing abandoned structure GELM Annex corten steel pattern and viewing glass cube reflection
    GELM Annex front view perspective with playground

    Using an economical system of screens and a single glazed room, this addition transforms an everyday architecture into something remarkable.

    AIA 2013 Honor Awards Jury Member

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