The new primary school in Loiano was completed and tested in 12 months in respect of the times and amounts of contract and without reservation by the enterprise and public administration.

Architects: Studio Contini (
Location: Loiano, Bologna, Italy 
Lot size: 7.426.0 sqm
Type of intervention: new building
Project: 2015/2016
Construction: 2016/2017
Architects and project managers: Marco Contini & Sara Chiari
Collaborator: Matteo Zaccarelli

Electrical installations: Giampaolo Vecchi
Mechanical plants: Simone Dalmonte
Executing companies: Ferruccio Maestrami S.R.L
Photographers: Davide Galli (

Primary School in Loiano By Studio Contini - Sheet2
©Davide Galli

As an established tradition of the study, the search for a harmonious relationship with the geographical context and the well-being of future users drove the design and subsequent implementation.

The volumes of the school building, located in an area of scenic interest at the Bologna Apennines, were partly buried to limit the visual impact upstream, thus to obtain two distinct levels for classes and workshops, both with free rein to the spacious green areas.

Primary School in Loiano By Studio Contini - Sheet3
©Davide Galli

The distribution of the teaching spaces follows the new addresses carried out by the Italian Ministry of education on school construction and is also the result of a participatory with the main school.

The attics, the stairs, doors, the windows and the interior furnishings interior are characterized by the use of wood, with the goal of the creation of a domestic perception and welcoming school spaces for children and school staff.

©Davide Galli

The building with reinforced concrete and wood falls within the classification A4 of the Emilia Romagna region and it is built according to the concepts of the NZB building (Zero Emission Energy Building) thanks to the high performance of the housing and the integrated plant system for electricity in charge of the generation of photovoltaic panels.


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