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New Gym “Cicogna”Paderno di Ponzano Veneto (Tv), 2003

The intervention’s starting point is an area in which the presence of buildings consolidated in their use and form (the existing school and a more recent enlargement for use as a canteen/gym) called for the addition of something in just the right measure. The area is physically located in the centre of the town, a place with a high frequency of pedestrians and bicycles and of vehicle crossings, and for its history, being an emerging point of a memory of the recognised value in the buildings and spaces.

From the high potential of the area the project is proposed as a linking element for the route system and as a recomposition intervention of the fragmentary nature of the existing building.
These aims have been pursued at various levels: in the ground level design, the relationships between the parts, in the relationships between the different functions enabling them to respond not only to the functional and distributive needs of the area, but also adding a reorder of spaces, facilitating the fruition and constructing a system of buildings able to converse with those already there inside the project area and with the external town fabric.

The school’s pre-existing fenced perimeter has been broken down to reinforce the participation of the new school buildings.
The two new buildings, one as an extension of the existing school and the other for use as a gym open up towards the outside revealing themselves as objects able to dialogue and in pursuit of a willing interconnection with the surroundings. The use of homogeneous materials and the choice of simple forms contribute to the sense of unity. The new constructions are represented by compact buildings in which a new linking system facilitates the fluidity of the functional relationships in a school structure enlarged in different parts.

The new Gym building almost presents itself as a luminous lantern with respect to the interior. The new building consists of blind base covered in fibre cement cladding, homogeneous with the extension of the school classrooms in the south, that forms the anchoring socle to the ground and that resumes continuity with the wall of the adjacent two-story construction. On top of this is superimposed a white polycarbonate covering partly transparent to light. Large window fittings open up over the garden.
The green area establishes itself as an identifying element of the spaces and of an appropriation of the ‘thematic’ places. Even if it is limited in its possibility of expression, the green space has been qualified with special features that allow for seasonal recognition also in didactic use.
In addition, the historic park, placed at an axis to the new school entrance, becomes an element of visual, functional and emotional involvement.

Paderno di Ponzano Veneto (Tv), 2003
Client: Comune di Ponzano Veneto
Project: Made associati _ Michela De Poli & Adriano Marangon with architect Nicoletta Cecchele e architect Michele Crosato
Structure: Silvano Nascimben
Safety: Francesco Merlo
Area: 3.900 sq.mt
Surface area: 1.020 sq.mt.
Cost: € 1.700.000,00
Photo: Adriano Marangon, Corrado Piccoli