savioz fabrizzi architectes: primary school in volleges
savioz fabrizzi architectes: primary school in volleges savioz fabrizzi architectes: primary school in volleges
sep 05, 2011

savioz fabrizzi architectes: primary school in volleges

‘primary school in volleges’ by savioz fabrizzi architectes in switzerlandimage © thomas jantscher




swiss practice savioz fabrizzi architectes has completed ‘primary school in volleges’, a three-storey educational facility in the canton of valais, switzerland. a new annex addition to the pre-existing multipurpose hall to the east, the volume defines a central outdoor playground that provides access to several buildings on the site.

elevation image © thomas jantscher




seeking to continue the exterior language of the multipurpose hall, the facades of the new school are constructed out of reinforced concrete, achieving a solid character to the exterior. large rectangular-faced windows regularly punctuate the elevations, balancing out the concrete’s heaviness with a level of transparency. each of the three storeys are made legible from the outside by a subtle skewing of the building’s angles. the resulting volume gains a playful and dynamic identity.

street view image © thomas jantscher




taking advantage of the vantage point of the site, the classrooms secure multiple views of the surrounding landscape and occupy a double-oriented section of the floor plan. the leftover space generates a branching circulation space that provides a simple and intuitive layout. in contrast with the bare concrete used in the hallway and facade, the classrooms are finished with larch wood panels, creating a warmer learning atmosphere.

from central playground image © thomas jantscher

interior view of circulation space image © thomas jantscher

view from staircase image © thomas jantscher

hallway image © thomas jantscher

interior view of classroom image © thomas jantscher

in context image © thomas jantscher

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  • must be horrible loud while the breaks … and even in the class rooms. nevertheless I like the outer appearance – nice clean design (only the entrance, which is about 20 cm higher than the windows is a shame)

    nombre says:
  • urg an the toilets infront of the window, to guarantee the grid is horrible … all fur coat and no knickers.

    nombre says:
  • the mountain views from the classrooms are unbelievable! its amazing that the students can daydream into such a beautiful landscape!

    alpine jane says:
  • its like a bad copy of olgiati’s school in paspels.

    lame duck says:
  • God save the kids..

    nati says:
  • Those views are to die for. I quite like this design!

    nazu says:
  • Very similar to valerio olgiatti’s school building.
    Its elegant, but I wish it wasn’t so cold.

    Matt says:
  • A prison again!

    Dario says:
  • one goes to school to study. thats all, no fun, no games, you can see the beautiful landscape far away and wish you were there, but you are not, you are in school, trapped inside the concrete box, waiting for the bell to ring, let it be over, let me out…

    dennis says:
  • Not ANOTHER gross concrete Swiss school…

    Balthazar says:

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