Organizing authority:

Architetto Nicola Isetta
Architetto Emilia Tomasetto

GFA primary school 1.460 m²
GFA gym and canteen building 930 m²

2021 April – competition

The starting point of the project has been the definition of a masterplan including the new primary school, the future middle school and a new multi-purpose civic building. The area is conceived as a civic center of gravity for the neighborhood and a green space. The campus develops over two levels to follow the natural slope of the terrain. On the north side of the area there is a driveway area with parking lots, a bus stop, a drop-off area for parents' cars and the service access for the canteen and gym. This area is located at +3 m level from the buildings. The rest of the area is organized into three zones.

The first is a strip of pedestrian public space that filters between the access area to the north and the area of the schools to the south. This linear square is connected to the parking area through a system of steps and ramps. Both schools overlook the linear square, culminating in the multi-purpose civic building to the east which includes the canteen/civic hall and the gym. This space can be used as a neighborhood center for outdoor or indoor events involving citizens. The southern part of the lot is divided in two areas serving the middle school and the primary school. The volumes of the schools are developed to ensure large green spaces to the south and to function as a separation between the public space and school gardens at the same time. The elementary school develops in a C shape around a central patio facing south, the building is distributed over two floors plus a basement for technical spaces and warehouses. All the main spaces of the school are located on the ground floor. The civic building includes the canteen and the gym that can be used both for the primary school and the future middle school. The canteen also serves as a neighborhood civic hall and overlooks the public square with a pergola. The building has been conceived as ZEB (Zero Energy Building) for environmental sustainability in compliance with C.A.M (Minimum Environmental Standards) of Italian Ministry of Environment and in line with LEED standard.