Groupe Scolaire à Strega by Amelia Tavella Architectes

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Groupe Scolarie à Strega is the recently developed school project in the commune of Cardo-Torgia (France), designed by French architects Amelia Tavella Architectes.  The project is located on a vast, blank ground that’s between two-century-old oak trees.

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In the former equestrian area of the remote village of Sainte-Marie-Sicche, the project for a school in Strega aims to be a harmonious and manifest an integration on a meadow that’s invaded by ferns and trees. This project features a large landscape consisting of large oppidum.

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Groupe Scolaire à Strega is a unique school project that has a symbiotic relationship with its natural surroundings

Wood is quite omnipresent in this context, as it offers the building an opportunity to live in harmony with nature. By proposing a very delicate implementation, the natural material is above all the synonymous of comfort. The school features pine cleats, which are placed vertically; creating a natural mesh that deploys the façades, alternating solids, and gaps, proposing shadow and light contrasts.

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Punctually, the building envelope is carefully interrupted, revealing areas of exposed granite. The stone utilized in this project is sourced from old Corsican buildings, however, the stones are carefully resized on site before they are assembled. The building volume of the Groupe Scolaire à Strega is located towards the north and turns towards the village, becoming a reminder of the traditional architecture. The roof emphasizes the skyline of the surrounding mountains, forming a treasure chest. This unitary over-roof defines the building, creating an harmonious bioclimatic management of the structure.

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