In Spain, it is still a fight not only for acceptance of alternative models of education, but also for a different approach to the design and use of spaces that serve this function.
The Royal Decree 132/2010, of February 12th, establishes the minimum requirements regarding facilities for all national educational centers. This legal standard does not consider the kind of education implied and it defines –in a standard urban context–, the same spatial requirements for each center.
The project of walkable roof, commissioned by the management team of a private school in Madrid, began with the need of a space for leisure and recreation. The educational center, like so many of the country, has had to go to a Montessori cooperative, recognized by international agreements, to legalize their status without questioning obviously the values of this educational model. The proposal of including teachers, parents and students in the construction process was well received. The project is based on a wooden structure over a disused pool as a foundation, creating a covered space in a semi-basement and a playground on its cover.