Title _ Zero in condotta
Period _ 2023
Location _ Ceranova, Italy
Status _ Entry, Two phased design competition
With _ GGA architetti

The design of the new secondary school in Via Leopardi, has in the first instance the will to establish a dialogue with the existing urban fabric by relating directly with the buildings opposite, with the aim of creating a homogeneous urban compartment of which the new building will become the urban aggregator, both from a cultural and educational point of view and from a landscape point of view. Cultural and educational point of view as well as from a landscape point of view. From the comparison between the existing, the new building and the landscape the opportunity arises for the creation of a new attractive pole for the city, between welcoming volumes and open spaces protected open spaces at the service of the entire community.

Immersed in a green lung formed by the new 'city forest', the school structure itself evokes a dense vegetal fabric made up of tree trunks and shady foliage.
The building's rich programme is organised on a single level on the ground floor and develops in the area with its elementary volumes, formal reminiscences of the Po Valley farmstead.
It is a magical scenario, poised between the natural and the artificial that is proposed, with the aim of placing the building's interior spaces (and in particular the teaching areas) in direct relation with the exterior without an apparent solution of continuity. This is the metaphor of the tree house.
The aggregation of elementary volumes located in the park around common areas defines the compositional strategy of the new school building within which, between the 'functional boxes' intended for the various educational activities are generated 'quiet spaces' reserved for pupils with more delicate needs for quiet and accessibility.
It is a building that is porous and permeable on all fronts, guaranteeing direct access of the teaching spaces to the equipped outdoor areas and separate and independent accesses for pupils, school staff and food (from the canteen service), for the plant areas and for the administrative areas, without possible interference between paths.
The pavilion structure with direct access from the outside will make it possible to make the services of the new facility such as the greenhouse, the library and the meeting/multi-purpose rooms can be used by the entire community even outside school hours with effective compartmentalisation.

The use of wood as an entirely natural and recyclable material for the entire structural system and for that of the external and internal cladding (with effective noise and internal reverberation control), will guarantee the building's the building the lowest possible environmental impact.
The development of the "gabled" roof and the planimetric orientation of the building will facilitate the adoption ofphotovoltaics on the south-facing slopes as well as the recovery of rainwater that will be reused both for the school and for the park. The pavilion structure will rationalise consumption through the compartmentalisation of the facilities, offering a sustainable service even outside school hours.

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