Mexican practice Escobedo Soliz recently completed two schools in Mexico’s Puebla region, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2017. According to the architects, over 200 public schools were destroyed in the region, which spurred a group of private investors to commission the firm to create two primary schools in the town of Santa Isabel Cholula.

Photo of kids inside a modular unit with large glass window walls

School Jose Maria Morelos (Rafa Gamo/Arturo Arrieta)

The team had only nine months to design and build both structures, leading to the selection of a modular, prefabricated system.

The two schools use repetitive, single-story, barn-like modules with skylights along their ridges and red-pigmented precast concrete panels on their exteriors. The modules are arranged along covered porticos that act as outdoor hallways.

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