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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.

Boarding school with canteen in Bozen, Italy by AM3 architetti associati

 
October 15th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AM3 architetti associati

Urban concept

The new boarding school establishes precise space relationships with the context, and to a larger scale, it opens on to the landscape towards MountStelvio and the Müstair Valley. A horizontal volume stands against the retaining wall along the North East boundary and it contains the level drop between the uncultivated land on the mountainside and the ground level of the lot. Transversely the lot is occupied by a “U” shaped volume, whose position is gauged in order to determine immediate and simple connections with the South East boundary lots.  The construction of the new building generates three types of outdoor spaces: a public space to the South which is intended to be a park in direct relationship both with the residual agricultural land and with the school positioned to the North East; a private courtyard with a garden  which all the common facilities over look;a service area to the North which is dedicated to parking lots, facility premises, and to the loading and unloading area of the kitchen.

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  • Architects: AM3 architetti associati
  • Project: Boarding school with canteen
  • Location: Malles, Bozen, Italy
  • Software used: Ares Cad, Rhinoceros 4 and Maxwell render 1.7.
  • Credits: Studio Cangemi s.a.s, Ing. G. Pecoraro
  • Collaborators: arch. Luca Farina,
  • Year: October 2014

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Functional aspects

The ground floor of the boarding school houses the common facilities  of the fitness room, the canteen, and the study area. The two  floors which develop above form a compact and separate block that contains the lodgings, while in the basement of the volume standing against the retaining wallthere  are the storerooms for the sports equipment and the garage. The main entrance faces South: thanks to  its barycentric position, it is possible to control the entrance and the main vertical connection system of the building from the porter’s lodge. The areas dedicated to education and leisure time are situated in the North East side and they look onto the courtyard.  The classrooms can be aggregated in various ways with great flexibility.  The fitness room stands towards the new park to South East and it opens on MountStelvio through a large window wall: its transparency reveals the higher  sports education boarding school to the outside world.  The canteen is situated on the West side of the building, the kitchen and the storage premises have direct access to the existing roads, while the dining room looks upon the internal courtyard. The boarding school lodgings are situated in a separate block which is independent from the common facilities and  thus suitably discrete;  in order to guarantee  correct exposure to  sunlight , the rooms are positioned so as to receive direct sunlight all year round.

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Technical and economic aspects

With regards to the structural aspects of the project,  we have opted for a solid structure with in-situ cast concrete exterior walls,  which will guarantee not only the durability of the building but  also its good thermal and acoustic qualities. The high thermic inertia of the walls will assure  good standards of performance even with a reduced thickness of insulation.

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The structure has been orientated in such a way as to permit  optimization of-free sun resources, taking care to avoid overheating in the summertime by adopting external  screening to reduce  sun heat during the periods of maximum insulation. The building has been projected  in compliance with all the criteria of the Climate House protocol  in order to meet at least Class A standards.

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