Organizing authority:

Architetto Nicola Isetta

Architetto Cristina Cuozzo

NIA 2.090 m²

2019 February – competition

In 2019 the Municipality of Bagno di Romagna banned a competition for the construction of a new school building located in San Pietro in Bagno intended to house "Manara Valgimigli" secondary school. Our project proposes an architectural and urban solution that dialogues with the historical context in which it is inserted, that functions as an integral part of a "diffused school" system and that is endowed with technical solutions to be a sustainable building.

The building develops over three floors above ground plus one underground. The ground floor houses the common areas and complementary activities that can also be used by citizenship outside school hours. The aula magna/hall is the central element: it develops in a double-height cavea from the ground floor to the basement facing Piazza Martiri/Largo Moutiers. The ground floor is a base on which the two floors of the classrooms are laid; large windows at regular intervals draw the elevation on Via Nazario Sauro which is crowned by a fascia covered in wood and metal. The upper floors are finished with red plaster and the ground floor with grey stone to recall the materials of the historic buildings that overlook Piazza Martiri (the "Giovanni Pascoli" school and the municipal office). The east elevation, towards the inner courtyard, is characterized by two large terraces/gardens which are accessible from the distributing corridor on the first and second floors and are a continuation of the latter; these terraces mitigate the lack of exterior spaces due to the small lot. The corridor is characterized by a glazed curtainwall protected by vertical sunshade elements in wood and roller blinds, it can be used as wardrobe space, diffused library, pause area. Due to the lot orientation, the flat roof is suitable for an optimum arrangement of the photovoltaic panels to the south and the green roof with a variety of sedum guarantees a better thermal insulation, absorbs the heat avoiding heat islands, requires low maintenance and irrigation and reduces rainwater run-off.