Secondary school, Petriolo (MC)


Auctioneer: Petriolo Municipality
Location: Petriolo, Macerata
Competition: 2020 winning project
Construction: in progress

Architectural project: Marco Contini, Sara Chiari
Collaborators: Matteo Zaccarelli, Alessio Pedrona

Type of intervention: demolition and reconstruction
Functional characteristics: secondary school with 2 sections (150 people), gymnasium, auditorium, laboratories, library

land area: 5,282.25 sqm
gross useful area: 2,494.95 sqm
secondary school (net): 542.70 sqm
gymnasium, auditorium, laboratories, library (net): 1,449.65 sqm

structures: Francesco D’Ercoli and Michele Marconi
systems: Cesare Ascani
geology: Cinzia Ottavi

Petriolo, a small village located in the Marche hinterland, within an area of considerable landscape and naturalistic interest, has chosen the international competition route, to secure a project in line with the new educational trends and respectful of the historical characteristics of the town.

The school area is located along a ridge, in an elevated position with respect to the more recent residential buildings and in visual continuity with the ancient village. The school complex stands as an external part of the village, overlooking the valley below.

The project strengthens the perception of this geographical feature of the area, placing a simple and compact volume at the end of the public path and making it a reference sign, not only for the town of Petriolo, but also for those passing along the road below it. With this objective in mind, the location and the shape of the volumes, together with the homogeneous treatment of the exposed brick surfaces, make the school complex recognizable, creating an immediate perceptive relationship to the historic portion of the village and giving it a precise identity, something a public place should always have.

The design explores themes already developed in previous projects by the studio, concerning the conformation of the spaces for teaching and the role of the school as a civic center also open to the external community, favoring those pedagogical approaches that go beyond the idea of ​​a closed class with frontal arrangement and seek articulated and differentiated spaces for specific activities that take place in small groups or individually. The circularity of the space is particularly evident in the project, as a possibility for students and educators to move from one space, from one section to another without however interfering with the activities of others.

The project is funded by the MIUR and it is under construction.