location_ Montevarchi, Italy
project year_ 2016
project_ University of Florence
from the architects_ The SCUOLA DEI MESTIERI is born with the aim to ennoble craftsmanship again, giving back that dignity to all those ARTS and CRAFTS considered as minor, therefore it will be possible to give life to a new virtuous and reinvigorating process.
William Morris (1834-1896), one of the founder of the movement “Art and Craft”, had already started this process reassessing and taking the medieval corporation as a model to follow, since he was particularly fascinated by the cooperation and co-working of that system.
The aim was going against the industrial process and to give back life to craftsmanship as an expression of human work and needs.
Within the school there is a close relationship between the academic structure and the architectonical one.
Three are the formative paths: sewing, patternmaking and finishing that represent a fundamental step for Fashion Craftsmanship. This figure receives a double education: theoretical (more based on books), and practical (co-working and collaborating).
FLEXIBILITY is the key word in the planning of the spaces:
As far as didactics is concerned, the hallways became meeting points between designers and students, who can ask for reviews and checks before the final exams;
From the practical point of view, some parts of the structure have a double function: for example during the exams, the relax area turns into a space designated for the winter runway show. In the same way the area around the chimney stack, usually used as exhibition area, will host the summer runway show.
Courtesy of the architect