Guastalla School

Advanced sustainability and safety in the spaces suitable for children

MCA project won the Architectural Competition held in February 2014 for the design and build of the new School in Guastalla District (Reggio Emilia, Italy). The new building will replace two existed schools damaged by the earthquake which stuck the territory in May 2012 and will host up to 120 boys and girls between 0 and 3 years old.

MCA project is thought to stimulate the child's interaction with the surrounding space according to a vision of "teaching" in which nothing is left to chance, from the distribution of educational areas to the choice of materials of construction, up to the integration between indoor and outside space.

The structure involves the use of natural or recycled materials with low environmental impact. In particular, the supporting structure is made up of wooden frame: a safe and ideal material to keep the thermal insulation of the building.

The high insulation, the optimal distribution of transparent surfaces, the use of advanced systems for rainwater harvesting and insertion of a photovoltaic system on the roof, will allow the building to minimize the use of mechanical equipment to meet the energy needs of the school.

Location: Comune di Guastalla (RE), Italia

Year: 2014 - 2015 built project

Type: Architectural pubblic competition - winner project

Cliente: Guastalla District


Surface: 1.400 sqm

Budget: 1650,00 €/mq

Progetto: Mario Cucinella Architects

Team: Mario Cucinella, Marco Dell'Agli (Project leader), Alberto Bruno, Alberto Casarotto, Valentino Gareri, Ferruccio Palumbo, Irene Sapienza; Yuri Costantini (model maker)

Landscaping Consultancy: Marilena Baggio


Rendering: Cristian Chierici - CC 79

Photo: Moreno Maggi


Structures: Geoequipe Studio Tecnico Associato

Electrical and mechanical Design: Area Engineering srl

Acustic:  Ing. Enrico Manzi



Construction Works: Scisciani e Frascarelli Impresa Edile

Wooden Structure: Rubner Holzbau SpA

Suppliers: Saitec Company srl

Doors and Windows: Promo SpA