War destroys everything: lives, social relationships and also architecture. Our thoughts obviously focus on the many lives lost, which make all other considerations and events less important.
The editors of Floornature met the architects from the Ar-Co studio at the #ARCHITETTURE #ARCHITETTI #LODIGIANO 1997-2012 event that took place in February at SpazioFMGperl'Architettura. The architects’ passion and the expectations that all the professionals had placed in a project of cooperation, and now their shock at the destruction of a place planned for children; i.e. the future, have led us to recount what the “Terra dei Bambini” children’s centre designed by Mario Cucinella and Ar-co in the Gaza Strip was.
The children’s centre was built in the village of Um al Nasser, north of the Gaza Strip. The initial building, created for the Vento di Terra N.G.O. which was completed in 2011, was recently enlarged by the opening of a new canteen. It was a school built with and for the local community, using simple materials found on site like the bags of earth used for the walls. It was an enclosed area, made up of square modules closed on three sides, with a wooden brise soleil, to protect the side that opened onto the interior of the complex from the sun. The iron roof was sloped to collect rainwater and allowed solar panels to be added.