Ten good reasons to choose a Archiloco school building

Our goal is to deliver you a nice comfortable low energy school with higth pedagogic contents. Our dream is that your children, every morning, expect impatiently the bell of the first start time. This is what our archietcture firm can do for you.

Archiloco

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Archiloco associated claim a consolidated tradition in the design of learning spaces

Many are the school buildings we designed, large and small, from kindergartens to universities. In all of them we tried to put the focus of our interest on the student. The school building should not be an immutable sculpture, but a living body that needs to change to keep up with times and teaching. The schools design must be based on didactic and pedagogical principles that favor dialogue between space and education, going over the concept of the classroom as a unique place for learning, pointing to new modular, multipurpose, multimedia spaces, able to transform the school in "third teacher" (1)

(1) In the belief that the space quality goes hand in hand with the learning quality, Loris Malaguzzi has defined the space as the "third teacher" (because the other two are: the other students and the teacher)

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Places facilitating interpersonal exchanges, where meet, talk, socialize, became adult

We like to think that all our schools have hospitable, interesting and complex spaces able to promote meeting, dialogue, socialization, collaboration. Ductile buildings in which each people can find a key suited to their everyday feeling (2), in which you learn to express your ideas, to listen to those of others and to strive to understand them. To use the "right to speak" to establish rules and resolve conflicts, becoming adults together Where everyone uses the "right to speak" to establish rules and solve conflicts, becoming adults together.

(2)According to the "field theory" (Kurt Lewin), the perception of a space and of stimuli that provides us is strongly influenced by the state of the observer momentary mood.

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We are used to dialogue with ownership and users to find a shared current concept for an open and plural school

Being an architect is a privilege which brings many responsibilities: it allows to imagine every day new volumes, spaces and objects, but also imposes the dialog with the land and the local culture, requires understanding the needs of the users and to interpret them by combining traditional materials and continually evolving technologies, some of which were not available just a few years ago.

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Building solutions tailored like a bespoke suit

Each school is different from the others. We can’t apply standard recipes. A custom-made project is created (like a tailored suit), which consider geographic position, effect of the climate factors, users’ requirements, available economic resources, and so on. More and more often, the customers require the architect to design buildings capable of minimizing the consumption of non-renewable resources. It is a conscious desire to make a small but significant individual contribution to the solution of a global problem and take a small step on the long path of respect for the natural environment.

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Shapes and colors connected with the landscape

We are lucky to live in landscapes carved from the nature and cities patiently building over millennia. We use them, we live in them, we admire them, we enjoy artworks and, therefore, we benefit from the commitment, the endeavor and the genius of those who went before us. In the same way, we have the duty to commit to transmitting, in turn, something that has a value, which could be used in the future, which could bestow “safety, benefit and beauty” (3) to the life of those who will come after us.

(3) "All buildings must have soundness, utility and beauty" Vitruvius (about 80 BC - about 15 BC) is considered the most famous architecture theorist of all times.

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Stimulating and cozy places built with healthy and natural materials

Over the years, we studied and experimented different materials and technologies, appreciating qualities and limits. We will continue, with curiosity, prudence and attention, to use what technological progress will continues to be available in the construction market, with the goal of design more and more comfortable and efficient buildings for our kids

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Durable surfaces, easy to keep clean, safe and officient, upgradable

Many years of experience in the school design has led us to select a technical solution catalogue able to maintain over times their functionality, health and beauty standards. Durable and hygienic floors, dry built walls that you can easily remove to upgrade the inside facilities, paints that don’t release harmful vapors, stable and resistant windows, acoustic ceilings to reduce glare and allow the teachers voice listening. Building automation to save energy to save energy, program the controls, identify and remove failures, update technology to keep pace with the times.

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Technologies used to save energies and to communicate sustainability to new generations

Cut thermal losses, use of natural materials and exploitation of renewable energies are only the first step of a long path. We believe that one of the strengths of our projects consists in making readable the benefits that good design brings to the school building and to the daily lives of its inhabitants. Even the architect is a teacher, because it leaves signs on the landscape that should last along the time and from wich young people can learn. The school architecture can therefore be likened to a book, a medium that brings you to a future that is already available to us but we do not know.

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Garden is the biggest classroom of the school

You'll find more in woods than in books. The trees and the rocks will teach you things that no teacher will tell you” (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153) The garden is a key space for the school building, where you can amuse yourself but where you can also create countless interesting opportunities to broaden the cognitive horizons. With the teachers’ guidance and the parental collaboration (growing, harvesting, cooking, ...), the students will be able to test all 5 senses, in the garden and with the garden products.

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Attend to share the choices, to become protagonists, to enhance building hiden contents

New school rising is a rare event that must be valorized. It’s difficult but not impossible to open the project to the needs of teachers and children, so they could live in a pretty building, which helps them to become adults. Of course, it’s essential to find languages and communication modes which make choices and technical contents understandable to the users. The most interesting moment is the visit to the construction site, where students can talk about the materials, and understand that, beyond the visible surface skin, a building structure is made up of countless layers, as a living being. Students and teachers, in general, participate with enthusiasm and interest. The engagement process allows to deepen concepts and knowledge in geography, science and technology. The process leads to experiment with new ways of interaction and cooperation, develop vocabulary, stimulate creativity and gumption. In the images of Piobesi school opening, you see the children explaining proudly to visitors the constructive processes and technical solutions. The book, which illustrates the entire construction process in which children and teachers have participated with simpaty and interest, was distributed to all households.

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