Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Elementary school Veli Vrh in Pula, Croatia by Randic Turato architects
January 14th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Randic Turato architects
Veli Vrh is a suburb in Pula with low density housing dominated by the school on top of the hill. In February 2008 the school caught on fire and burned down, creating an unusual void bordered with the pine trees in the middle of a typical suburban sprawl. This specific condition of emptiness was the basis for the design concept.
The project for the new school is the winning entry of the competition organized soon after the fire, in August 2008. The brief has extended the program of the school with the kindergarten, the swimming pool and the community center, recognizing that the school is the center of this neighborhood.
For that reason the project is dividing the program in separate volumes forming a heterogeneous structure, creating an urban fabric rather than a building. The school is dismantled in its basic elements and re-connected in a new complex. Individual parts of the school: classrooms, cabinets, library, gym, all are conceived as separate buildings, connected between them with a longitudinal hall covered with the large canopy. Kindergarten and the community center are located on the other side, encircling the site. Location of the former school that was burned in the fire is left as a void space. This area is a natural amphitheater located in the center of the site, used as a playground and stage for public and school events.
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Category: Elementary School