Enrico Fermi Secondary School

The project overwrites the existing complex of the Enrico Fermi Secondary School in Turin from its internality: the spatial rearticulation focuses on the functional assumptions of the call and activates a true extension and adaptability of the didactics, laboratories, and their relationship with shared spaces.

The project tries to bridge the lack of space for outdoor activities through a more intricate connection between external spaces where separate functions are envisaged. In addition to the covered courtyard that can accommodate sports and recreational functions, we have tried to characterize the area adjacent to the school canteen through a garden that can be both a playground and an outdoor botanical laboratory.
Another extension to the outside is for the laboratory of technical activities.
Among these spaces, circularity will be enhanced to grant total accessibility to structures.

The space enclosed between the lobby, the gym and the didactic volume is connected to via Baiardi through a flight of steps. In this large collective space we have placed a suspended volume which offers hospitality to relaxing functions and quiet didactic activities.
The volume is reachable from the cluster through a closed deck that serves as a passage to the light, completely canceling the outside view. We have isolated a sign, a form, a space that could incorporate, by a special relationship with light, a different kind of living.
A bottle, an hourglass, a hot air balloon tied to the roof, built like a brick canister in the air. A room of about 25 square meters is subdued by the joint tension of the rim and the cone, allowing you to peek into the atrium or look at the face of the sky.

Large collective spaces (library, gym and canteen) can accommodate different scenarios of use, to spend leisure creatively, consolidate relationships, share rules and interests by opening to the neighborhood. They are conceived as classroom groups characterized by common areas that develop through appropriate functional areas an adequate training chain.

Clusters are the basic teaching unit, each covering 3 classrooms and a special one, in addition to the services and distribution spaces. They develop an adequate training chain through appropriate functional areas. Clusters are placed on the first and second floor of the building complex and are directly connected to a distribution space (not accessory but fully integrated into the learning pathway) that tends to flow into a crowded community, where students can engage in experimental interclassing activities. The clusters are further served by educational workshops and shelter areas facing the greenhouses, where appropriate forms for individual or small group activities can be found.n.

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2-phase competition for the design of the renovation and reorganization of the Enrico Fermi secondary school located in Piazza Giacomini 24 in Turin


Orazio Carpenzano
Fabio Balducci
Paolo Marcoaldi
Sandro Giannasca
Ottavio Ferri
Alessandro Pirisi


Alberto Parducci [Structures]
Francesco Mancini [Sustainability]


Fondazione Agnelli
Compagnia di San Paolo


Competition March 2017