The new building is part of a broader architectural plan aimed at redeveloping and redesigning an area of approximately 15,360 m2 that is located between the town of Mori and the sports and recreation area.
The area is located on a hill, therefore the school complex will benefit from scenic landscape views on one side; on the other side, the building will be decidedly visible and recognizable, both from the Adige Valley and from the nearby Mt. Albano and the Bentonico Plateau. Given these characteristics, our concept centers on an articulated complex which includes a new school building and the existing gymnasium, serving both representative and functional purposes. It aims to be recognizable, yet simple, conscious of how it interacts with the surrounding territory and its landscape setting.
The layout of the building parts and the architectural functions allows for multi-purpose use of the school, gym, and surrounding spaces at different times of the day and throughout the week. In this sense, the chosen location of the new school building is particularly strategic because it takes advantage of the existing system of connecting paths and networks, and thereby compartmentalizes the external areas.
The triangular plan of the new building is arranged with the base side facing north measuring 57 LM and its corresponding height along the north-south axis equal to 67 LM. On the one hand, this resolves the interactions and connections with the gym; on the other, it defines the perimeter of the sloping side in the direction of the areas below, resulting in an iconic volume that dominates from the hilltop where the entire campus is located, and redesigns the external spaces according to the topography of the site.
Internally, the spaces are arranged on three levels around a triple-height central space with a shed-roof skylight that floods in light from above, filtered by solar panels. This solution introduces complimentary study material to the school’s educational objectives that favor a multi-disciplinary approach. In this case, for example, it promotes technology, creating an opportunity for student hands-on training.
All the main paths and accesses to the multi-purpose classrooms and laboratories, services and connections converge in this central space. It also represents the main location for recreational activities and breaks between activities within the building. The layout on three levels and the seating along the walls ensure an inclusive, diversified use of space.
Adjustable walls provide flexibility to the spaces. Overall, a psycho-pedagogical framework has been adopted throughout. Not only does the school include mobile walls, it also offers continuous views, seats, secluded niches, etc., combining cubicles for individual study with areas to socialize. These connective spaces result in environments that are more conducive to relations, offering solutions for informal activities that adapt to both individuals and small groups, and are always in contact visually with the agora / atrium on the ground floor. The agora hosts the school’s public functions, its complementary activities and management offices. it is where meetings and celebrations of the school community take place, and it serves as a point of reference for the distribution of the entire building / gymnasium. It is connected to all the school’s public activities, occasionally integrating and overlapping these dynamics.
Architectural design, urban planning project – coordination of the activities
Architect Pierpaolo Ricatti (Team leader)
Architectural design, urban planning project (junior architect)
Architect Giulia Francesca Tavone (Team member)
Tecnobrevetti Team Engineering Srl (Team member)
Geosoluzioni Engineering Srl (Team member)
Engineer Bruno Frinzi (Team member)
Electrical and special systems project
Protecnos Srl (Team member)
Geologist Giovanni Galatà (Team member)
Engineer Bruno Frinzi (Team member)
Architect Carlotta Cocco ( Consultant )
Education and Learning processes
Marina Santi – Full Professor in Didatics and Special Education at University of Padua (Consultant)
Engineer Marco Chilese ( Collaborator of Studio Ricatti)
Architect Eugenio Matteazzi