REGGIO EMILIA. Amedeo di Savoia Aosta Middle School will be completely demolished and rebuilt with 10.4 million from the National Recovery and Resilience Fund plus 1.1 million in co-financing from Reggio Municipality, which is responsible for the primary and secondary school building of the first degree.
The building is not one of the oldest, among those welcoming Reggio students, but it dates back to a period, the sixties, when construction activity exploded without the architectural value of the early twentieth century and today’s energy and quality requirements. . Therefore, its restructuring would have been useless and economically disadvantageous compared to the reconstruction under the current criteria of environmental sustainability, the quality of internal and external spaces and the reduction of administrative costs.
The effort, for which a total of 11.6 million will be allocated, is part of “Futura, the school of Italy of the future”, with which the government allocates 800 million of NRP to school buildings, of which 30 to the territory of our province.
Aosta is a historic middle school in the city. In the 1950s, it was located on the top floors of the San Francesco building, later occupied by the Civic Museums below, and in some branches.
The construction of Leonardo da Vinci, in viale Monte San Michele, preceded the building where the management of the Amedeo di Savoia Aosta comprehensive institute is now located, including, in addition to the secondary school, the primary schools Matilde di Canossa, Sant’Agostino and Coviolo . Until the building is rebuilt in the same area via Ccati in which it was built, its 600 students will be placed in 24 temporary classrooms.
Its demolition serves the purpose of providing the school with premises suitable for modern teaching, requiring laboratories and multimedia and IT tools, as well as facilitating access for people with motor disabilities, for which the legislation allows for the removal of architectural barriers.
Furthermore, the conversion will make it possible to optimize energy efficiency, reduce the increasingly expensive heating bills to a minimum and improve the health and safety of the rooms. In this context, the experience of the last two years, where measures have been taken in schools to distance and change the air to reduce the likelihood of Covid spreading, will be taken into account.
The classrooms will actually be larger, and it will be possible to install controlled mechanical ventilation systems (Vmc).
The new school will have a library and an auditorium, which will be the building’s functional and symbolic heart, and will be able to function both as a lecture hall and as a “civic center” available to the local community.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the construction of a barrier-free structure equipped with large areas dedicated to physical activity, including fitness rooms and courtyards. The outer space will form a qualifying part of the entire complex.
It will be cared for and equipped in materials and surfaces to enable the performance of additional activities, such as educational gardens and planting.
The design will in fact be in line with the concept of a school that is open to the territory and to functions that are not strictly didactic, but able to interact positively in the teaching of children.
Reggio Municipality anticipates that at least a significant portion of the interior and exterior spaces can also be used by various subjects, parents, associations and sports clubs during the hours not reserved for teaching, to make the school the vibrant center of society that surrounds.
The aim is, in fact, to give shape both to a built-up area offering students, teachers and auxiliary staff, administrative and technical staff, and to an open space of relevance configured as the natural extension of all these activities. From this point of view, the traditional classroom will be complementary to the entire school space, and will be spatially and visually integrated with the other environments, both directly and through the distribution spaces.
The classrooms for specialized teaching, while ensuring the performance of specific functions, will have characteristics such as integrating visually and spatially with the whole school body to promote the integration of knowledge and will be closely related to each other.
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