There are nine new schools, primary and secondary schools (primary and secondary), which will see the light of day in Lombardy thanks to the first 60 million euros of the regional “Spazio alla Scuola” offer. The approved projects will receive a contribution from the region of Lombardy, which varies between 5 and 8 million euros: the call supports up to 100% of the value of the eligible expenses, submitted by the municipalities for new construction or conversion of primary and secondary schools class, and more modern, functional, flexible spaces, designed for the most advanced didactic and learning methods.
“Offering modern, functional and technologically advanced schools – declared the Regional Councilor for Education Fabrizio Sala – must be a priority. With this announcement, we wanted to work with Pnrr by allocating its own resources on a theme, namely school building, as our territory indicates. us increasingly as a priority “. There are three interventions funded in the province of Brescia: the new primary school in Ghedi (7.2 million euros) and the new middle schools in Mazzano (7.7 million) and Erbusco (6.8 million).
The new primary school in Ghedi
The project proposal involves the construction of a new building used as a primary school (Nzeb – Almost Zero Energy Building – energy class A4), with the demolition of part of the existing school block. The school will be organized as a modular system, where the basic unit is the classroom, imagined as a spatial environment that – through retractable walls – becomes a totally reconfigurable area that expands from the corridor space to the outer space.
The classroom walls will be set up with sensory and manipulation equipment and structures that can become different work surfaces that facilitate different ways of working and learning depending on the situations and activities to be performed inside the school teaching. The nature areas will be fun, ecological places and will offer students and teachers a wide range of learning opportunities.
The thematic multi-rooms will also be able to accommodate local associations (music, theater, art, etc.) by offering rooms for afternoon activities. At the head of the new building, with a direct view of the green, is the library room. A multifunctional place within which there will be sufficient functional tools for consultation, research, elaboration, reading and implementation of cultural initiatives and citizen contact (eg thematic conferences, in-depth studies, etc.), which can be spread throughout the building thanks to the connection found throughout the school complex.
The new middle school in Mazzano
This is a new building for the primary school, to be built in the green area next to the building of the existing school, consisting of classrooms, laboratories and offices for the didactic direction, leaving an old building that does not is functional for the service. A protected walkway, which also serves as an entrance canopy, is planned to reach the gymnasium and auditorium in the middle school’s original building.
Building designed for 450 students / 18 classes consisting of two floors above ground, inscribed in a square of approximately 40×40 m, with a central rectangular patio. It is characterized by a cladding composed of organic forms that creates a covered porch for the entire development of the building, consisting of a vertical sun protection system.
The interior includes classrooms of different sizes, but with the use of movable walls between them and also between laboratories and connecting parts, which guarantees the possibility of pursuing an innovative teaching that overcomes the stereotype of the frontal lesson. The flexibility of the rooms is also guaranteed by the flexibility of the decor, which in a short time enables the transformation of the seats according to the teachers’ wishes.
The new middle school in Erbusco
The project with the new building, which will be used as a high school in Erbusco, to replace the existing building and the adjacent school high school, was selected through a public idea competition at European level. The school’s architecture adopts a ‘comb’ system that absorbs as much as possible of the flatness that the grounds offer. The choice of a structure of this type is particularly effective in guaranteeing a homogeneous orientation with equal lighting and ventilation conditions in all classrooms.
The school complex is imagined as a complex organism, as if it were a small town surrounded by nature. A set of environments designed in direct relation to the outdoor areas, the latter intended as important contributions to the performance of the didactic activity. The architectural organism is characterized by four blocks standing on a gallery, intended for free and informal activities, where the ordinary classrooms meet and the laboratories are distributed.
The classrooms for the teaching are designed as flexible and modifiable elements, and through a system of sliding walls, the rooms can be connected to each other so that group activities and collegiate lessons can be carried out. All classrooms open onto the garden through a west-facing glass wall protected from sun and rain by a deep concrete roof. The possibility of transforming the corridors into areas with dynamic functions for teaching and leisure activities is envisaged.