This project incorporates energy analysis, structural design, tradition, and innovation into a retrofit of a community schoolhouse. The student team set out to revitalize the local schoolhouse that had been damaged from recent natural disasters and needed an energy retrofit as part of an older, less efficient building stock. They used analysis throughout their design process to inform their design decisions to improve energy use and return the school to the community as a symbol of the Italian village’s identity. Unfortunately, due to competition restrictions, we were unable to award this project an Excellence in Analysis Award, however we would if we could.
The Existing Schoolhouse
|The existing schoolhouse building (located in the center of the image). The terraced hill is to the northeast of the schoolhouse.|
View of the external shell. The southwest façade is made of aluminum while the angled roof is made of wood.
Design Process & Tools
|A software map of all the tools and their interactions the team used. All the subsequent models and analyses stemmed from a central Revit model the team shared.|
|Vasari solar radiation analysis was used to study the impact of adding the external shell as well as determining the optimum placement and orientation for the shell when coupled with Dynamo. The top two images show solar radiation for winter.|
More about the team
Vincenzo Panasiti & Nicolas Ombres both graduated from RomaTre University with 2nd Level Master’s Degrees in Architecture and Construction Engineering. This project was conducted for their Master's thesis.
Vincenzo is now involved in a research team focused on parametric design and BIM technology. He is also involved in Solar Decathlon Europe with the team RhOME for denCity as an energy efficiency and home automation designer.
Nicolas is a licensed architect, and recently was awarded a scholarship as an "expert in emerging technologies" for his master's degree in parametric architecture.