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Fermi Secondary School - Architecture

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The project proposes an “inhabited envelope” created through the addition of new steel spatial structures that extend educational activities into outdoor terraces, welcome new connective spaces and behave like passive shelding systems. The modularity and repetition of the new frames design a linear façade completed by a metal mesh that emphasizes visual permeability and the relationship with the outside. The compositional theme of the frame is also repeated on the existing building, whose facades are treated with a coat finished with plaster in different grain sizes, creating slight depth of the facade. The facades on the new front and towards the courtyards maintain large windows that enhance the visual permeability among the volumes and the external spaces, giving meaning to the original organization. The interiors follow the spatial grid of the frames and form a sequence of easy to read spaces in which the furniture is conceived as a transformative element. The ground floor functions as a civic center, where the various functions are held together by an atrium that faces the garden and the two courtyards.

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BDR bureau works in the fields of architecture, it is based in Turin and was founded by Alberto Bottero and Simona Della Rocca. It develops projects ranging from the habitat unit to the urban scale through public and private competitions and assignments. The studio pays particular attention to the architecture of re-use and the re-adaptation of living, work and educational spaces. BDR bureau’s projects originate through a broad interpretation of the sites and a deep understanding of the context, with the intention of transforming limits into opportunities. Each project experiments with spatial solutions based on the idea of an open, simple and unexpected architecture that meet the evolving needs of our times. The studio has received awards in various international competitions, and published in several magazines. In 2019 BDR bureau received the award for “Young talent of Italian architecture”, promoted by the national council of architects. BDR bureau has also participated in two editions of the La Biennale di Architettura in Venice: in 2016 (Venice Pavilion, with a vision on the future of Porto Marghera) and in 2018 (Italian Pavilion, with a research project on the re-use of the railway yards).