The primary school for 10 classrooms in the town of Longare translates our general compositional principles regarding the public building into the simple form of a tri-partite house two storeys, arranged around an internal courtyard.
The central section contains a porticoed atrium with lecture hall above; an internal courtyard; a service block with staircase; and, the end block formed by the gym.
The perimeter sections are both ‘ linear blocks’ with two storyes of classrooms, and single storey segments containing the dining hall and changing rooms placed around the gym.
The main facade coincides with the central section of the building. It is composed by a portico of five openings with five windows of equal width above, which stands between the blank end walls of the ‘linear blocks’. Its double-loggia image is reminiscent of the archetypal monumental ‘entrance’. The two glazed surfaces on either side of the entrance hall create a visual link between the two symbolic internal and external spaces: the courtyard and the piazza.
The customary discrete language of the facades of the internal courtyard create atmosphere of calm, interrupted by the vertical emphasis of the staircase windows which introduce an element of perceptible discord.