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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.

Kindergarden in Guastalla, Italy by Mario Cucinella Architects Srl

 
October 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mario Cucinella Architects Srl

MCA project won the Architectural Competition held in February 2014 for the design and build of the new School in Guastalla District (Reggio Emilia, Italy). The new building will replace two existed schools damaged by the earthquake which stuck the territory in May 2012 and will host up to 120 boys and girls between 0 and 3 years old.

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  • Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects Srl
  • Project: Kindergarden
  • Location: Guastalla, Italy
  • Photography: Moreno Maggi
  • Team: Mario Cucinella, Marco dell’Agli (architect in charge), Alberto Casarotto, Irene Sapenza, Alberto Bruno, Yuri Costantini (model maker)
  • Landscaping consultancy: Marilena Baggio
  • Rendering: Cristian Chierici – CC79
  • Structures: Geoequipe Studio Tecnico Associato
  • Year: 2014 – 2015   Built project
  • Client: Comune di Guastalla
  • Surface: 1.400 sqm
  • Budget: 1650,00 €/mq

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Image Courtesy © Moreno Maggi

MCA project is thought to stimulate the child’s interaction with the surrounding space according to a vision of “teaching” in which nothing is left to chance, from the distribution of educational areas to the choice of materials of construction, up to the integration between indoor and outside space.

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Image Courtesy © Moreno Maggi

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Image Courtesy © Moreno Maggi

Architectural elements of the new kindergarten by MCA – like the shape of the interior, their organization, the choice of materials, all the sensory perceptions related to the light, the colors, the sounds, the tactile suggestions – are designed taking into account of the pedagogical and educational related to the growth of the child.

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Image Courtesy © Moreno Maggi

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The structure involves the use of natural materials with low environmental impact. In particular, the supporting structure is made ​​up of wooden frame: a safe and ideal material to keep the thermal insulation of the building.

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The high insulation, the optimal distribution of transparent surfaces, the use of advanced systems for rainwater harvesting and insertion of a photovoltaic system on the roof, will allow the building to minimize the use of mechanical equipment to meet the energy needs of the school. So children are driven to discover places that are complex and at the same time familiar, where they can develop abilities through special features of each. Even areas of connection between the classrooms and laboratories are designed to be lived with curiosity and pleasure: along the route there are widening, play and relationship areas, niches where you can stop, transparent elements to watch out or peek activities the other children.

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Image Courtesy © Moreno Maggi

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Image Courtesy © Moreno Maggi

Starting from the internal signs, it also articulated the sensory journey outside the building, which integrates the existing trees and encompasses the structure creating protected areas for the activities of the children, educators and parents.

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Image Courtesy © Mario Cucinella Architects Srl

Image Courtesy © Mario Cucinella Architects Srl

Image Courtesy © Mario Cucinella Architects Srl

Image Courtesy © Mario Cucinella Architects Srl

Image Courtesy © Mario Cucinella Architects Srl

Image Courtesy © Mario Cucinella Architects Srl

Image Courtesy © Mario Cucinella Architects Srl

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