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Competition Entry: Studio Ricatti Wins Second Prize for Arcispedale Sant'Anna University Proposal

Competition Entry: Studio Ricatti Wins Second Prize for Arcispedale Sant'Anna University Proposal
Courtesy of Studio Ricatti
Courtesy of Studio Ricatti

Studio Ricatti has revealed their design for a new university in the Arcispedale San'Anna in Cona-Ferrara Italy. In a competition hosted by the University of Ferrara, the firm was awarded second place for the proposal, which was characterized by clarity of form, efficient flow, and a balance between intimate and social spaces.

More about the winning entry, after the break.

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Courtesy of Studio Ricatti

The programs involved are organized hierarchically as public or private, with the corridors, library, study hall, and faculty spaces embedded amongst secluded garden patios on the upper floor. Classrooms with expansive openings are connected by large corridors that double as spaces for social interaction and accommodation for university events. A central open-air courtyard serves as a keystone around which these programs are coordinated, with a bar and restaurant connected to the southeast end.

Courtesy of Studio Ricatti
Courtesy of Studio Ricatti

The experience of procession is shaped by a succession of open and closed spaces, encouraging a fluid interaction between interior and exterior, courtyard and classroom, and university building with the surrounding context. This depth of space is visible when looking towards the courtyard from the street side entrance, further reinforcing the impact of the enclosure as a significant meeting point and reception area. This balance of hidden and revealed space is augmented by a system of opening screens. While the building appears compact from the street, veiled cladding with metallic netting, designed to optimize light, prevent glare and overheating, unfold to reveal expansive curtain wall glazing.

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Courtesy of Studio Ricatti

The screens, along with the building envelope, are constructed of high-quality, wear resistant copper alloys which creates a highly distinguishable building facade and grants it a unique presence within the hospital complex. The sparing use of color, clear geometries, and simple treatment of material surfaces expose the intention of a neutral and sober design aesthetic in order to foster a tranquil and positive educational environment.

Courtesy of Studio Ricatti
Courtesy of Studio Ricatti
  • Competition

    New University in the “Arcispedale Sant’Anna” in Cona (Ferrara) – Italy
  • Award

    2nd Place
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Moro Aldo, 8, 44100 Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
  • Project Leader

    Pierpaolo Ricatti
  • Structural Engineer

    Milan Ingegneria Srl
  • Utility Engineer

    Prisma Engineering Srl
  • Geologist

    Jacopo De Rossi
  • Engineers

    Marco Chilese, Luca Brusegan, Giovanni Molteni
  • Project Year

    2014
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Cite: Sadia Quddus. "Competition Entry: Studio Ricatti Wins Second Prize for Arcispedale Sant'Anna University Proposal" 04 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/553431/competition-entry-studio-ricatti-wins-second-prize-for-arcispedale-sant-anna-university-proposal/> ISSN 0719-8884

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