W. Von der Vogelweide Classical High School

Place Bolzano
Country Italy
Client Autonomous Province of Bolzano - Alto Adige
Team Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura; Studio Associato Nadalet & Stenico
Assignment preliminary, definitive, detailed design phases, health and safety coordination in the design and construction phases, site supervision
Dates of services 2004 - 2006
Dates of construction 2006 - 2008
Building footprint 5.500 m2

The Project

The design involved the enlargement of the German-speaking Classical High School by means of two main sets of works: the transfer of the east wing of the middle school, joined to the main high school building by a new connecting tunnel, and the construction of a new building contiguous with the existing structure of the main hall and the present gym.

The design envisaged the construction of 32 classrooms for lessons in addition to 10 multimedia rooms and 16 laboratories to be used for music, computing, drawing, physics, chemistry and biology. The design of the various accesses, the pedestrian walkways and the arrangement of the external areas served to reconnect the buildings making up the school complex into an organic whole.

The project gives an important scholastic centre back to the community and brings together a number of disciplines in a way that updates it and makes it compatible with new teaching requirements. The programme has been conceived as a homogeneous architectural organism and not a simple addition of spaces, itself contributing to the increased awareness and sensitivity of pupils and becoming an instrument of communication and knowledge in its own right.

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