cleaa situates the hannah arendt school below the ground
all images alessandra chemollo and giacomo flain
the extension of the hannah arendt school of bolzano, italy is knitted into the cityscape through its architectural integration with the ground. the subterranean academy by italian architecture studio cleaa sits below the surface of the earth, with large glass sheets at its roof revealing the outdoors. the 15 classrooms that occupy the three story structure are organized around a central atrium, bringing light inside, and each chamber’s floor-to-ceiling windows establish clear connections among internal spaces. vibrantly colored bespoke details furnish the inside, such as bright yellow staircases and plush, multichromatic seating taking the silhouette of giant letter-forms.
the urban fabric of the town is commanded by a large historical volume, the former capuchins cloister. in order not to disturb the context, the visualized solution for the school was the creation of architecture underground, establishing a new and intimate relationship with the land it inhabits, while protecting public spaces, gardens and green areas.
the skylight in the garden
the central atrium brings light inside
the concrete framework
students inside the school
concrete gap between the walls
the winter garden and the classrooms
the transparency of the space
the main staircase painted bright yellow