Amelia Tavella Architectes : École A Strega

Strega originally means "witch" in Corsican, and by extension means someone unpleasant or strange. The school of the same name, located in the village of Santa Maria Siché in the southwest of the island of beauty, is however the opposite. If its discrete contemporary lines did not betray it, one could believe that it was always part of the landscape, so much it is integrated there.

In Santa Maria Siché, in the middle of century-old oaks stretches the discrete school A Strega delivered this year by Corsica Amelia Tavella, crowned with the Young Woman Award Architect in 2016 and distinguished by the Academy of Fine Arts in 2017.
When this "daughter of the country" responds to the contest launched by the municipality of Santa Maria Siché, who wishes to relocate the school group of the village of 80 student capacity to a new cluster of activities, the future master of project does not yet know the site, "But I was familiar with this very natural Corsican context, being from a neighboring town"she delivers. Roots that we do not forget and that led it logically towards lines of composition strongly resonating with this particular territory. From the mountains, it takes up the rocky ridges, reinterpreted in a climatic over-roof allowing a natural ventilation of the spaces. From the surrounding forests, it retains the wood, which it possesses for the Douglas-fir OSB structure as well as for the clear-cladding consisting of xNUMX 6 pine-Douglas cleats for the vertical elements and Sylvestre treated with autoclave for horizontal pieces.


"I have an infinite love and respect for these remarkable sites in Corsica, having spent my childhood, especially through the practice of riding, to walk, discover them. " Amelia Tavella, architect

The building is located south of Santa Maria Siché, near a covered sports field built in 2010. On this slightly sloping site on its west flank, the designer is installing a one-storey building of 1 200 square meters: a monolith of 71 meters long served by a longitudinal corridor and delicately sandwiched between two hundred-year-old oaks - one side entrance, north; the other south to the playground. These remarkable plant parts are joined by two growths built of granite capped with a flat green roof. The two cubic wings, discreetly inserted under a massive tree providing a welcome shade, host the teachers' rooms in the north and a multipurpose room in the south. The latter, the central point of the ensemble, serves the maternal class as well as the refectory to the east; than the three rooms reserved for primary school students positioned to the west. A unified whole under a wooden over-roof with two sides which takes the profile of the surrounding massifs. The cleats of this shade-house extend in overhang of the roof to the south to form brise-soleil, and dress the whole of the north facade to blend in the landscape and to limit the glances on this place of learning all in white and of wood dressed indoors. An essential work to not offer ungrateful views from the heights on this fifth facade.

A scale and a materiality deeply ingrained in the landscape, which toddlers can soak up daily thanks to large sliding windows.

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