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Temporary School Gymnasium / Didonè Comacchio Architects + MIDE architetti

Temporary School Gymnasium / Didonè Comacchio Architects + MIDE architetti

© Alessandra Bello © Alessandra Bello © Alessandra Bello © Alessandra Bello + 35

Massa Finalese, Italy
  • Structural Engineers:Beniamino Didonè, Bruno Gonzato
  • Mechanical Systems:Riccardo Baggio
  • Fire Safety:Maurizio Sonda
  • Sole Responsible Of The Proceedings:Manuela Manenti
  • Director Of Works:Paolo Ligori
  • Construction Safety Manager:Antonio D’Auria
  • Cost:1 366 270,31 €
  • City:Massa Finalese
  • Country:Italy
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© Alessandra Bello
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Text description provided by the architects. Following the 2012 earthquake that struck Emilia Romagna a competition was announce to rebuild a destroyed school gymnasium in Massa Finalese.

The site, which is located in the north-east side of a school park, is the border between the urban area and the country side, suggesting the new building to be the new “connecting tool” between these two realities.

© Alessandra Bello
© Alessandra Bello

The main focus is to create a structure able to soften the urban/country “boundary” and to characterize the whole of the school park as well:

A new identity blooms through contemporary design contributing itself towards a new local architectural language for the post-earthquake restart.


From the ruins of the destruction the new gymnasium is born:

A landmark where the new generations can train and confront themselves and lay the foundations for a better future. The building is extremely simple: a pure volume, almost monolithic with a single big opening that allows the view towards the cultivated fields from the spectators’ seats and from the playing field.

© Alessandra Bello
© Alessandra Bello

The ancillary spaces, extremely introspective, look out onto a tree-lined patio. The natural elements are the main actors and playing their part in the gymnasium: trees are hugged by the building and become the backdrop of the interior spaces while the cultivated fields, just like a painting, are the scenery of the playing field.

Diagram 6
Diagram 6

The problematic social conditions determined by the dramatic effects caused by the earthquake, and the demands of the competition which required fast construction time and a very low construction cost, have decisively influenced the design choices: a particularly dry construction technology is chosen in order to build up the whole building in only 5 months with a low construction cost while ensuring the achievement of high energy performance.

© Alessandra Bello
© Alessandra Bello

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Address:Via Mascagni Pietro, 34, 41035 Massa Finalese Modena, Italy

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Cite: "Temporary School Gymnasium / Didonè Comacchio Architects + MIDE architetti " 03 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/502224/temporary-school-gymnasium-mide-architetti-paolo-didone> ISSN 0719-8884

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