is a campus where the buildings are like islands, forming
together an archipelago.
the project interprets the site as a vegetal carpet on which a set
of figuresgives shape to the variety of uses of the school
campus.a new spatial order takes place in the manner of a
the central courtyard is the point of convergence of the
buildings, new and old, between which the vegetation grows.
each of the figures has its own spatial identity and expressive
variation in order to create a community of different
atmospheres,capable of enriching the pupils' days.
this formulation takes as a reference the Green Archipelago of
Oswald Mathias Ungers in Berlin, who imagined a city invaded
by vegetation, in which existing emblematic artefacts are
combined with new constructions.
on the other hand, the project appeals to one of the urbanistic
qualities of the Renanese fabric of individual villas and plots
- the spatial fluidity of the void and vegetation between the
buildings. this condition suggests visual pathways and clearings
through the site that open the school to the neighbourhood,
ensuring use outside of school hours and a sense of belonging
to the neighbourhood.
in this ensemble, some pre-existing structures are clarified and
others are demolished. the monumental old school stands as a
large public front towards the Verdeaux sports park, behind
which smaller-scale pavilions are grouped. a new volume
containing the classrooms embraces one of the most important
trees with its distributive gallery. the extracurricular activities
are pronounced towards the main arrival of the site with a
volumetric gesture. the extension of the existing library is an
opportunity to reconfigure the built silhouette and to propose
a reading space open to nature.
location: Renens, Switzerland
surface : 12’000m2
client: Renens City Council