Steiner School

Conegliano (IT)

Philosophy, design and materials science are three red threads that have intertwined more than once in the history of architecture. Over the years, the choices of designers and artists have not only been material needs, but a mix of aesthetic sense, client’s desires and the influence of philosophical theories that have shaped their thinking as well as their work.

An example of how these theories can be applied, is to be found in the Steiner school Novalis of San Vendemiano, in the province of Treviso. Here, the principles of organic architecture become an expression of Steiner’s anthroposophy according to which the individual must be educated without constraints, through a welcoming attitude that takes into account his needs. For these reasons, the Novalis school was imagined not as a squared and geometric building, but as a circular form that includes. Each environment is different from the other, just as individuals are, and each space meets the needs of those who live there.

The architect Giuseppe Guasina worked to apply Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of “organic architecture” to that of the metaphor theorized by Goethe, giving birth to a “C”-shaped organic living architecture that is capable of changing alongside its guests, in a constant dialogue with the child during their journey to become an adult.

The enveloping shape of the complex is highlighted by the Zintek zinc-titanium natural laminate covering solution. The installation of a highly energy efficient stratigraphy for the covering brought an improvement not just esthetically, but acoustically, in comfort, and as a sensible lowering of costs, since the coverings don’t need maintenance and have a very long lifespan.

Architect:            Giuseppe Guasina
Photo:                 Zintek Archive
Supplier:             Zintek