architect: Barozzi Veiga

location: Brunico, Bolzano

year: 2017

Located in Brunico, Italian South-Tirol, the project by the architects Barozzi Veiga consists of the extension of the Music School, located in the historical villa Casa Ragen. The difficulty of the project laid on configuring an extension that allowed preserving the character of Brunico’s historical centre and also highlighting the majestic presence of Casa Ragen.

photo by Simon Menges

The project simply proposes the construction of a new "inhabited border", which allows the characteristic urban tissue of Brunico, formed by the noble villas and sealed off gardens, have continuity.
Referring to the medieval hortus conclusus, in order to highlight the urban presence of Casa Ragen, the architects understand the extension as a sober building that complements what already exists.

photo by Simon Menges

The extension consists of two floors: one is half-buried, and the other shapes the garden. The latter becomes the central space of the project, closely relating the existent building and the extension. It is a wide and peaceful space, which creates through its comfortable atmosphere a space for studying, and an ideal place for concerts, shows or events.

ground floor

On the exterior, the new school is characterized by a continuous sober wall in which the new front door access is inserted, a delicate connection between the existent that will allow glimpse the interior garden.
The rehabilitation of Casa Ragen is characterized by the new configuration of its interior patio. A new roof characterizes and transforms this space through a system of glass and adjustable slats that act as a light spreader.

section and elevation

Brunico School of Music
location Brunico, Italy
client Town of Brunico
architects Barozzi Veiga (Fabrizio Barozzi, Alberto Veiga)
project leader Cecilia Rueda
project team Raquel Corney, Marta Grządziel, Maria Eleonora Maccari, Isaac Mayor, Cristina Porta, Verena Recla, Agnieszka Samsel, Ivanna Sanjuan, Arnau Sastre, Hyekwang Shin, Maria Ubach, Cecilia Vielba
project manager for structural and engineering services Ingenieurteam Bergmeister GmbH
size 2.200 mq
competition year 2012
construction years 2015-2017