Short Description / Project of a whole concrete and steel structure
Year / 2008
Location / Imola, Bologna, Italy
Architect / Andrea Dal Fiume
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In 2008 the Municipality of Imola in Italy launched a national design competition for a new school. This was the winning design. MEW was asked by the Architects to design the structure of the entire building up to tender stage. Moreover MEW was responsible for on-site supervision.

This school comes out from a deep need of an energy saving building equipped with the most up-to-date techniques. So its shape, orientation, finishes and also structure were all chosen to meet these requirements. In particular the structure is made of many parallel concrete walls spacing over 9 meters each. Floor slabs are about 25cm thick, entirely made of post-tensioned concrete to ensure the necessary strength and stiffness. Concrete walls and slabs are also designed to ensure high thermal performances as required by the initial brief to improve sustainability and energy efficiency.