The “house of curiosity” project is an elementary school on the limits between the urban and the Tuscan nature. it’s a result of a long- creative research with 200 children, based on the interpretation and analysis of their drawings of their “dream school”.
“House of Curiosity” Elementary school
Architecture Firm: Moshe Katz Architect
Firm Location: Israel
Gross Built Area: 18500 sqm
Project location : , Impruneta, Toscana, Italy
Lead Architects: Moshe Katz Architect
Children’s dreams become Architecture. These drawings were interpreted into design tools for a unique architecture language. It’s called – the house of curiosity, because it represents the place where they learn to observe and understand the world in a special ways, through the eyes of a curious child.
The complex is made of a main area with different self-sustained classroom, with their own opening towards the world, through different shapes of windows and roof openings. Each classroom has its own character, recognized from far so a child can identify with his new world. The hall building is partially carved inside the hill and on the other hand it creates a new light screen façade towards nature. the main building is wrapped with a light screen where all shading system is carved, based on the children’s drawings geometry, and allowing the light to enter through a design language they created.
A peripheral pathway is circling the whole complex, connecting different part of the city as walk, running and bike paths to be used all day and night.
The parking roof becomes an amphitheater for public events of all sorts.