Photographs by Jorge Gamboa
The kids in Santa Marta, Colombia are lucky little five year olds. This is their kindergarten: a cluster of shotcrete classrooms both open and sprawling designed by Giancarlo Mazzanti. Was your kindergarten this cool? Mine wasn’t. The interior quality of the classrooms is probably more distracting to me than to the kids that actually go there, who are undoubtedly aching to get outside and play. It’s easy to be lured outside of structures this open to the exterior, especially when you’re in kindergarten and you have no desire to nap, learn months of the year, or count.
But they will learn. Maybe one day the kids will be able to count high enough to enumerate the good qualities of their school. Sadly, it’s not likely to happen before they graduate into double-loaded corridors disconnected from exterior and shut off from the daylight they will remember from kindergarten.