In order to carry out this major architectural project in the midst of the arid Piura desert, for the benefit of higher education, we turned to renowned Peruvian architecture studio Barclay y Crousse, our strategic partners.
After studying the features unique to the Piura desert, architects Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse designed a modern building that perfectly merges with its environment, answering our need for spaces that facilitate learning, socialising and gathering.
Building E masterfully weaves light and shadow. By letting in the precise amount of light and forming spaces of shade, the building’s interiors have been sculpted into a unique refuge that provides shelter from the sun.
The building is remarkable for its coherence and the substantial presence with which it inhabits the unique ecosystem that is the arid Piura desert. It is a distinctive building, in that it cannot be properly understood without taking into account the singularity of the place where it stands.
In an innovative approach, the spaces were conceived not only as state-of-the-art lecture rooms; they are, at the same time, places where our students and teachers can socialise, participate in teamwork and enjoy the academic life they share.
The layout of the offices and counseling rooms creates spaces that further research and facilitate student support. To this purpose, the ample, comfortable lecture rooms are fitted with the latest technology.
The office block is separated from the lecture rooms, in order to facilitate research by our teaching staff. The layout of offices and counseling rooms aims to create spaces that further research and facilitate student support. Additionally, the building has 14 rooms especially conceived for team work, making them ideal for collaborative research.
Building E would not have become a reality without the support from our university community and our strategic partners: people and organisations that, sharing our focus on what is transcendent, contributed to this building which betters the chances of young Peruvians of gaining access to quality higher education.
Building E was inaugurated on April 22, 2016. It is the first of the Strategic Projects to have become a reality for the university, furthering education in the Piura region. At present it is home to the Economic and Business Sciences Faculty and to the Elementary Sciences Department of the Engineering Faculty.
Building E is one of the six finalists in this important architecture contest. Learn more here.
The jury considers that the presented work constitutes a contribution to the educational infrastructure by innovating the existing typologies. It also considers that it is a solution that adapts perfectly to the place, that is, to the coastal desert landscape in a functional and also poetic way.
Building E was selected to take part in the Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennale 2018, one of the most important architecture events in the world. The building participated in the framework of the exhibition theme, Freespace, which underscored the role architecture plays in the choreography of daily life.
Building E is a finalist in the most important award in the world of concrete, which rewards a project’s excellence and creativity.
“University Facilities UDEP: a Learning Atmosphere in the Dry Forest”
“Arquitectura internacional Universidad de Piura: un laberinto que despierta los sentidos”