L’Aurora Bachelet, Cernusco Sul Naviglio, Milano, Italia - Moretti Modular Contractor

L’Aurora Bachelet,
Cernusco Sul Naviglio, Milan, Italy

The Aurora Bachelet school building is developed in two distinct bodies, destined for the different educational cycles. These are formed by a common base, consisting of the volume of the atrium and the spaces for administrative activities, which serves as the fulcrum of the paths leading to the different environments. The visual link between the two schools and the atrium is flanked by the visual link between the inside and the outside, between the classrooms and the garden, thanks to the large glazed doors and windows screened by aluminium sheet metal sunshades. If the classroom is the intimate place par excellence, the double-height access gallery is an extension of the classroom itself, a place to be experienced.

The building’s structure is mixed: reinforced concrete for the volumetric overhangs, with prestressed tiles for the open-plan spaces. Moretti Modular Contractor took care of the glulam beam and pillar system used in the middle school block, in the connecting volume and for the sail roof, while the north façade is made of prefabricated wooden panels.

The structure used for the middle school volume and the connecting block consists of glulam beams and pillars made of planed and impregnated spruce glulam; the pillars have a 16×28 cm section, while the beams (16×36 cm section) have a reduced pitch in order to maintain an alignment between the structure and the façade elements. The vertical elements support the roof beams, which are joined to the ridge with the aid of a continuity joint. The wooden portals in the atrium have a trapezoidal shape, maintaining the coplanarity and rectilinear course of the façade itself. The roof, assembled on site, is ribbed, with variable inclination in relation to the different position of the ridge of each beam. The north façade is made of prefabricated wooden panels. The elements (of variable size, on average 7.50 m high, 2.50 cm wide and 23 cm thick) are different in terms of arrangement of the openings, but identical in terms of composition and succession of functional layers.

Project: ITI Studio – arch. Tobia Marcotti, arch. Filippo Resteghini, arch. Chiara Mazzotti, arch. Bruno Marcotti, arch. Mariarita Lombardo, arch. Mario Castelli

"Moretti Modular Contractor is a company that has good technical skills: it knows how to develop projects with mixed materials and can find solutions to even the most complex design requirements."


The complex geometric design of the roof was developed from a three-dimensional computer model by the Moretti Modular Contractor design office.

The construction design of the roof accurately followed the architectural hypothesis, with extremely short construction times on site.


the glulam elements of the roof

8.925 m

the length of the wooden structures used for the walls and floor of the middle school

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