John Rahill

John Rahill

New York, NY, US


Montessori Learning

This project explores the possibility of constructing a Montessori School and a Market on the Ponte Amerigo Vespucci in Florence, Italy.

The Montessori Method favors the “discovery” model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction.  Each classroom occupies a 30’x30’x30’ volume, and has kitchen, a matt room, a desk space, a library, and a roof top playground.  There is also a Montessori Piazza running the length of the building, with greenhouses located above.

In contrast to the school, the market has a simple program with three primary spaces.  The first is an open floor plan that can be filled market stalls and tables.  The second is located on the west side, which allows for the creation of spaces requiring a more robust program, such as coffee bars.  The third is an event space that can be utilized for small concerts or wedding photos.

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Status: School Project
Location: Florence, IT