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Primary school in Cesenatico, Italy


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location: Cesenatico, Italy

year: 2018
status: Open competition

client: Cesenatico municipality
program: Classrooms, laboratories, gym, auditorium, library

GFA: 3,075 m2

budget: 4,500,000 euro

team: Lucia Zamponi, Filippo Nanni





The project for a primary school on the Italian Riviera in the east coast is composed by three volumes surrounded by a screen permeable to wind and rain, able to filter the sun in summer, allowing the breezes to naturally ventilate the classrooms. The pyramidal section allows to keep the height of the volume pretty low on the street level so that the building almost disappear hidden by the existing trees. The central part is higher to host the school facilities like the gym and a 360° views outdoor terrace for extracurricular activities. The dialogue with the surrounding context is strengthened by cuts in the outer envelope that offer privileged views to classrooms and create spaces open to the public. The building is sensitive, as the screen controls the shadow, the light and the air; contextual, since each side reacts differently to specific urban conditions or desired views; peculiar as it conveys a unique and specific image. Thanks to the screen, the passage between internal and external spaces is smooth and the overall image of the building is a light, translucent and changeable complex. The spaces created by the two layers of the facade will be accessible under control offering a wide range of possibilities for use with the same built-up area covered.


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