The project is rooted in the landscape and architectural context, reflecting some elements typical and traditional of the Emilian region. The design of the outdoor spaces recalls the organic division of surrounding farmlands. The proportions of the new artefacts are reminiscent of those of the Riolo Sforza Fortress, as well as the connection to the old institute, and the uplifted walkway that has access to the first floor reminds its walled system. The rhythm of wooden blades on the façade, the resulting play of lights and shadows, recall the beacons marking the top of the perimeter walls of the fortress.
Volumetric studies have pushed our design choices into a simple and compact form, capable of delivering the highest quality in terms of light and finding the right balance between shape, context and content.
The new architecture establishes a harmonious relationship with the sites buildings and at the same time manages to occupy the ground by creating a large internal court. The latter has the dual task of ensuring a direct, safe and secure connection between the various school buildings and guarantees the best solar radiation during the winter months.
Behind the blades, the fully glazed facade is a showcase for daily activities and events, from the sidewalk, walking along the low volume, serving as a closure to the site and connecting the two school buildings. In a wa that one will be able to observe didactic workshops and common spaces. As in a basilica, where the central rosette narrates a story, here too the large window, at the center of the facade, will become the picture of the life of the institute.