MCA project is thought to stimulate the child’s interaction with the surrounding space according to a vision of “teaching” in which nothing is left to chance, from the distribution of educational areas to the choice of materials of construction, up to the integration between indoor and outside space.
Architectural elements of the new kindergarten by MCA – like the shape of the interior, their organization, the choice of materials, all the sensory perceptions related to the light, the colors, the sounds, the tactile suggestions – are designed taking into account of the pedagogical and educational related to the growth of the child. The structure involves the use of natural materials with low environmental impact. In particular, the supporting structure is made up of wooden frame: a safe and ideal material to keep the thermal insulation of the building.
The high insulation, the optimal distribution of transparent surfaces, the use of advanced systems for rainwater harvesting and insertion of a photovoltaic system on the roof, will allow the building to minimize the use of mechanical equipment to meet the energy needs of the school. So children are driven to discover places that are complex and at the same time familiar, where they can develop abilities through special features of each. Even areas of connection between the classrooms and laboratories are designed to be lived with curiosity and pleasure: along the route there are widening, play and relationship areas, niches where you can stop, transparent elements to watch out or peek activities the other children.
Starting from the internal signs, it also articulated the sensory journey outside the building, which integrates the existing trees and encompasses the structure creating protected areas for the activities of the children, educators and parents.
Guastalla School, Guastalla, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
Client: Comune di Guastalla
Team: Mario Cucinella, Marco dell’Agli (architetto incaricato), Alberto Casarotto, Irene Sapenza, Alberto Bruno, Yuri Costantini (modelli)
Landscaping consultancy: Marilena Baggio
Rendering: Cristian Chierici – CC79
Structures: Geoequipe Studio Tecnico Associato
Electrical and mechanical Design: Area Engineering srl
Acustic: Ing. Enrico Manzi
Construction Works: Scisciani e Frascarelli Impresa Edile
Wooden Structure: Rubner Holzbau SpA
Suppliers: Saitec Company srl
Doors and Windows: Promo SpA
Cost: 1,650.00 €/sqm
Area: 1,400 sqm