Lori Zimmer

Stunning Saw-Toothed Roof Floods Swiss Vocational School With Light

by , 08/30/11
filed under: Architecture, gallery

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Gordola, Switzerland, Durisch Nolli, SSIC Complex, mountains, stilted building, sawtooth roof, skylight

The school serves as a training center for future stars of the building industry. It houses drafting studios, wood shops, and classrooms, and also has an outdoor teaching area. Since the area is located in a valley and prone to flooding, the entire school is built on a raised platform. A series of concrete stilts raise the platform and the building complex up off the ground. This stilt system also minimizes the building’s environmental impact on the site, while providing space for flexible parking and storage beneath the facility that can be moved should it flood.

The most remarkable characteristic of the building is its shape.

The roof juts out in saw tooth-like peaks that mimic Switzerland’s mountain ranges. A common industrial roofing technique, the peaks are also capped with windows, which act as skylights to flood the work areas below with daylight, minimizing energy spent on lighting. Many of the interior walls are glazed glass, enabling light to shine through. During the day, the classrooms can be illuminated entirely with natural lighting.

Durisch Nolli constructed the facility with materials familiar to students of the center – primarily lightweight industrial metal.

The combined natural lighting and elevation of the building leave little impact on the beautiful Gordola area, while the design pays tribute to both the landscape attributes and industrial architecture of the area.

+ Durisch Nolli

Via Frame Mag


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