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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Extension of primary school Tagliaferro in Florence, Italy by Fabio Capanni

March 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Fabio Capanni

A new volume, modest in size and designed to accommodate the canteen for the young pupils, implants itself in the pavilion system of the nursery school Tagliaferro, situated in San Piero a Sieve in the district of Florence. It lives as a fragment, working by difference towards the existing building although striving to be its own harmonious extension. Assuming the continuity with the logic of the pavilion system composition, the difference in materials between the brick-faced previous building and the plastered surfaces of the new construction, produces a tension intended to reestablish an interrupted dialogue with the site to which this architecture belongs. The stereometry of the diaphanous volumes, serene and austere reflection of the life that, in time, gave form and significance to those  lands, aspires to live again in the bare plaster and wood surfaces set to enclosure the geometrical space of the canteen.

Image Courtesy Alessandro Ciampi, © Fabio Capanni

  • Architects: Fabio Capanni Workshop
  • Project: Extension of primary school Tagliaferro
  • Location: Via San Francesco 2, San Piero a Sieve (Firenze)
  • Collaborator: Duccio Ardovini
  • Structures: Lorenzo Mellini
  • Systems: Massimo Tassini
  • Customer: Municipality of San Piero a Sieve
  • Builder: Artedile, Macconi Arreda Bibbiena (AR)
  • Chronology: 2008: project; 2009: realization
  • Dimensional data: 215 mq lot surface, 140 mq building surface, 600 mc building volume
  • Photography: Alessandro Ciampi, © Fabio Capanni

Image Courtesy Alessandro Ciampi, © Fabio Capanni

The dialogue with the environment is enriched by the suggestions offered by the character of the building for children, triggering an unedited development: the plastered walls, like substance modeled for fun, fold under the action of light set off by the thin steel cornice and, on their smooth and forthcoming surface, measure the passing of time by the changing of shadows into new figures and unexpected profiles.

Image Courtesy Alessandro Ciampi, © Fabio Capanni

Matter acquires a duplicity that winks to the playful character of this space intended for the daily life of the young pupils and, inside, strips itself of its heavy appearance turning in a mild substance that constantly changes under the action of light, creating the magic of a fantastic space always different and always identical to itself.

Image Courtesy Alessandro Ciampi, © Fabio Capanni

The great curve wall, reacted with the rectangular layout of the plan, is, in the end, the labile threshold that at one time offers the comfort of the sense of protection towards the exterior space but, at the same time, configures itself  as a sort of magic veil ready to dissolve itself in the succession of light and shadows, in order to allow the flight of children’s imagination.


Image Courtesy Alessandro Ciampi, © Fabio Capanni

Image Courtesy Alessandro Ciampi, © Fabio Capanni

Image Courtesy Alessandro Ciampi, © Fabio Capanni

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