scs: galapagos, the wall: scout’s centre
through its artistic merit.
The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 906 km west of
continental Ecuador, of which they are a part, with a population of around 25,000. The islands are known for their vast number of endemic species
which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle in 1835 and contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by
In 1978 Galapagos was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, signifying its “outstanding value to humanity.” Unlike other oceanic archipelagos,
the ecological and evolutionary processes characteristic of Galapagos have been minimally affected by human activities, and the archipelago still
retains most of its original, unique biodiversity.
benefits some, but not all, of Galapago’s residents.
The site for the project was located in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno that has a population of 5000 and is the capital of Galápagos Province. It is located
on the southwestern coast of San Cristóbal, the easternmost island in the archipelago.
Since 1998 the Galapagos Scouts Program has been educating local underprivileged children on the importance of creating a sustainable
community for their future health and welfare and that of the Galapagos Islands. This education gives them the opportunity to consider careers
in the Galapagos National Park, the tourism sector, and the local Navy.
The Scouts owned a site in the upper part of Baquerizo Moreno that was earmarked for a building to accommodate their diverse activities.
The program for the building consisted of a classroom for 30 people, workshops for craft teaching, a small office, accommodation for 3 visiting
teachers, and cooking and toilet facilities. Sustainability is another major concern of the Galapagos Administration so we chose bamboo, which
is local and renewable, as the main building material.
To ensure the success of the project SCS staff travelled to Galapagos in April 2016 to agree the procedure and responsibilities for the different parts
of the project. SCS staff traveled to Galapagos in April 2016 to meet with the Consejo de Gobierno de Galápagos, Mr Juan Chávez, Director de
Producción y Desarrollo Humano, to organise the project and agree on mutual responsibilities and tasks which would ensure the successful
completion of the project. Unfortunately the Consejo de Gobierno de Galápagos did not fulfill their part of the agreement and the project for a
Scout’s Centre had to be cancelled, as there was not enough time to complete those parts which the Galapagos Administration had commited to
doing and to finish the building process.
SCS, The Wall, Galapagos, Plans.
SCS, The Wall, Galapagos, Elevations.
Åsmund Amandus Steinsholm, Cecilia Sundt, Guro Langemyhr, Jan Kazimierz Godzimirski, Magdalena Georgieva Alfredova, Magnus Hermstad, Synnøve Solberg, Jørgen
Joacim Høy, Therese Andrea Nygaard, Torunn Oland Stjern, Vilde Vanberg, Viola Ulrika Kristin Svens, Wilma Hiemstra, Yaohan Yu.
Christian Hermansen, Solveig Sandness and Joseph Kenedy
Torgeir Blaalid and Finn-Erik Nilsen.
Lund & Slaatto
4B ARKITEKTER AS
Astrup og Hellern
SCS, The Wall, Galapagos, The Design Team.