Loris Malaguzzi Kindergarten Competition

Reggio Emilia, Italy


Reggio Emilia Municipality

Fredy Fortich, Juliana Zambrano, Lorenza Baroncelli. Interns: Alexandra Arcia, Manuel Gutiérrez, Trinidad Guzmán.

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This project is part of a private consultation for the expansion of the municipal kindergarten and primary school Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia. The consultation required the creation of an intelligent and sustainable prototype for an educational infrastructure that reflected the innovative capacity of the Reggio Emilia approach.

This project was essentially conceived with the flexibility and dynamism that characterizes the Malaguzzi Center. The project has the ability to function as a series of individual classrooms attached to a circular space, as well as a multi-purpose open area. Classrooms can be part of the exterior circulation and allow a unique continuous space. The ability to adjust the interior space is accomplished with the use of mobile concrete panels that function as the classrooms’ bounding elements as well as the project’s inner façade. In sum, our idea is to create a transformable building—dressing and undressing—able to perform different environments. Just as a child plays and changes roles through a costume, we designed an artifact with a "skin" that also does this