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Project selected 4th Prize

Client: Municipality of Cinto Caomaggiore 

National recovery and resilience plan


We imagined the new school as a pedagogical space and place of orientation in which the connection between inside and outside and the recognisability of aggregation spaces are the visual fulcrum of the students and the people who will live there. The building is developed in the spaces that the area has available to allow the use of the existing school simultaneously with the construction of the new school. A new classroom block insinuates itself between the two existing schools and then develops in the part facing the garden, opening up views towards the greenery and providing internal and external meeting spaces directly connected to the building. At the base of the brick-red school there is an articulated volume on the first floor which differs through different layouts and materials until it opens towards the green space, detaching itself from the ground in order to cover a space for outdoor activities. The figuration of the school was designed with a use of materials and facade cladding that made the compact mass of the school light. A simple metal cladding made of laser-perforated aluminum sheet detached with simple clamps from the insulating coat cladding becomes not only a brise-soleil but also an innovative figuration where the set of circles lighten the facades and make the articulated volume of the first floor almost playful by detaching it from the compact base of the ground floor.  We thought about the school container with rigour, defined its external geometric limits and inserted it as suggested by the context and the development and construction program of the competition notice. An articulated space made permeable in the entrance part both towards the west and east side with a central space connected to the existing gym. The paths overlook the central space and overlook the green space, becoming a place for meeting and socialising. The aspect of integrating the external space with the internal spaces was the fulcrum of the design. By merging the building of the second construction step we limited land consumption and through a large covered space with the laboratories above, we created a filter space between inside and outside that can also be used on rainy days. The external space, thus freed as much as possible from buildings, becomes a large green area that takes up the figuration used in the surfaces of the building and with small semicircular spaces covered by a light iron construction we have areas dedicated to outdoor teaching. The two large circular green spaces that incorporate the existing trees and add other trees are surrounded by gravel paths for pedestrians and vehicles for maintenance and figuratively frame the green spaces central. We thought that the outdoor experience would be a further place for educational activities, with outdoor classrooms and a vegetable garden space. In this way the external space with simple connotations will be a flexible system organized in such a way as to adapt to different and diversifiable situations suggested by the uses and habits that will consolidate over time.

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