c10 - pestalozzi, bern, switzerland, 2014-2015
Mattenhof has a sober character and a classic elegance.
Historically, the region was a country crossed by streams; since the mid-nineteenth century it has densified, becoming a neighbourhood of multi-family residential units. The entrance to the houses announced by a vestibule, the rhythm and proportion of the openings and the ample pitched roofs express the dream of the "villa" in the country. The richness of the gardens and orchards, with a surprising variety of species, gives the neighbourhood a bucolic character that is a counterpoint to the austere expression of the buildings.
The existing building of Pestalozzi School is a fine building of the early XIX century. The new extension building stands vis à vis with the existing entrance. They both belong to the neighbourhood.
The new building is low and surrounded by arcades and gardens; the “bell tower” is an urban landmark in relation to the nearby Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche one. The program is organized rationally: all the classrooms are organized on the ground floor, with direct and multiple access to gardens and playgrounds; on the first floor the common workspaces are a covered terrace surrounded by the branches of existing horse chestnuts. The arcades are a filter of intimacy and protection from the road and the railway.
The school is the house of children.