In February, 2014 there was a competition for the design and build of a new school in Guastalla (Reggio Emilia, Italy) to replace two existed schools damaged by the earthquake in May 2012. The competition was won by Mario Cucinella Architects who designed a kindergarten where nothing was 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 school has the shape of the interior of a whale and the choice of materials, all the sensory perceptions related to the light, the colors, the sounds, the tactile suggestions help children in their growth.
The supporting structure is made up of wooden frame: a safe and ideal material to keep the thermal insulation of the building.
The use of advanced systems for rainwater harvesting and insertion of a photovoltaic system on the roof, allow the building to minimize the use of mechanical equipment to meet the energy needs of the school. Just like Pinocchio who, swallowed by a whale, looked around with curiosity, kids in this nursery can explore, imagine and discover thanks to the architectural characteristics of the place, because everything in the building was thought to have a positive effect on learning and education.