Primary and Secondary School, “Scuole Innovative”

Award: Winner.
Project: Idea competition, “Primary and Secondary School G. Oberdan, Terni”.
Location: Terni, Italy.
Year: 2016-2017
Organizers: Ministry of Education, of University and Research (MIUR).
Architecture: DDA architetti +  Asociación Semillas para el Desarrollo Sostenible.
Team: Marta Maccaglia, Giuliana Miglierina, Pier francesco Duranti, Giuseppe Andreoli, Martina Uda, Rodrigo Garcia Sayan, Simone Lorenzoni, Alessandro Almadori, Pierina Canini, Matilde Bevilacqua, Federica Giuliani, Pietro Vissani.

We are living a revolution: the world of teaching is changing. In Italy many schools do not comply with safety specifications and are not adapted to new learning systems. Against this backdrop, the project proposal consists of the remodelling and expansion of the existing building, and developing architectural strategies to respond to these issues. The urban plan proposes mitigating traffic through the reorganization of vehicular routes and the further development of pedestrian and cyclist paths. The public spaces are reactivated and reconnected to the school through an “urban axis” that runs through the school. Along it are workshops, the dining room, and multipurpose spaces that can be used for school and extra-curricular activities. The school aims to address unique and varied pedagogical needs. Therefore the spaces are designed to be versatile and flexible: partitions can be moved to create different educational environments, spaces have double height, and there are unstructured spaces for meetings and breaks. The constructive system for remodelling the current building proposes works to make it structurally adequate with respect to earthquake safety. The new building is composed of vertical and horizontal pieces of laminated wood and a system of prefabricated stalk covered with wood panels. Double height ceilings, double skin facades, natural ventilation, and the installation of radiant flooring create a comfortable atmosphere. Also, renewable resources will be used (solar panels and a photovoltaic system), and a “green roof” will be implemented to augment the thermal mass of the roof.