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PiM.studio Architects

PiM.studio Architects

London

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PiM.studio Architects - School in L'Aquila - Competition Proposal

PiM.studio Architects

We identify the need to create a friendly and welcoming place for children, outside the monotonous and impersonal schemes that characterize traditional school building; on the other hand, the indispensable opportunity to realize a school complex open to the city, a real Civic Centre, perfectly integrated into the surrounding socio-urban-environmental context without, however, undermining the delicate existing balance, but indeed improving them.
We chose to concentrate all teaching activities in a single building occupying the west plot. This solution increases the energy efficiency and management of the building by gathering all functions under one roof.
With a view to creating an open and multi-faceted school, the first design approach was to clearly define the masterplan, dividing the outdoor areas into school activities zone (protected, controlled, safe), and public, allowing to organize extracurricular events (sporting events, conferences, concerts, exhibitions and exhibitions, etc.) open to the community without having to interfere with the school's own activities.
The proposed architectural layout will enable the creation of a structure in which all spaces are internally and effectively linked to each other, with independent access, and adequately divided and protected, thus enabling multi-purpose and safe use of the school complex by citizenship.
the new building takes on both functional and symbolic importance (all under one roof) with a large green roof (including photovoltaic panels) that will become the icon of the new school. The profile of the roof refers to the mountain profiles visible in the background as a clear and important cultural reference specific to the territory.
The school has a radial layout with the AGORÁ at the centre, the heart of every activity, all the classrooms are located around the perimeter in an order that responds to the different solar exposure connecting the central space with the garden. The Agora is thought to be a covered square, a viable and flexible place where didactic activities with small groups can be carried out and inspire pupils by promoting innovative and interactive teaching methods.
In the Agora is located the library, designed as a reconfigurable and flexible toolbox, with elements and wheel libraries that can be moved around based on educational needs, stimulating students' interest in reading.

Entrance View

Entrance View 



View from the School Playground

View from the School Playground  



Sections

Sections 



Internal View Ground Level

Internal View Ground Level 



Internal View from First Level

Internal View from First Level 



Masterplan

Masterplan 



Ground Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan 



First Floor Plan

First Floor Plan 



Structural Diagram

Structural Diagram  



Program Diagram

Program Diagram