Tertenia New School Competition

New Lower Secondary School (Middle School).

The project for the new lower secondary school in Tertenia (Province of Nuoro, Sardinia) ranked fifth in the two-phase competition organized by the Ministry of Education and aimed at acquiring innovative design proposals for the construction of architecturally, structurally, and plant engineering innovative buildings, with funding from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

The design proposal represents the final synthesis of a process of study and in-depth analysis that has addressed both aspects related to the meaning of school within the diverse socio-cultural dynamics of today, and aspects related to the functional program, which is particularly complex and articulated, without neglecting the pursuit of aesthetic objectives with an appropriate contemporary architectural language.

The concept starts from a careful and scrupulous evaluation of the current site, and considering that the existing building will be demolished, the emphasis has been placed on the existing trees, which will serve as the link between the old and the new building, silent witnesses of the inexorable passage of time, but also indicators of our virtuous or incorrect behaviors towards the environment that surrounds us.

The topic of environmental sustainability is one of the main objectives of the project. Indeed, it is provided the use of eco-friendly materials with low environmental impact and of natural origin, sourced locally or recycled. Low-tech solutions that passively address the main issues related to the plant engineering are favored.


  • Tertenia (NU), Sardinia


  • 2022


  • Ministry of Education


  • Two-stage design competition
  • Fifth prize


  • Luca Mereu with Mate Engineering, Alberto Licheri; collaborators: Federico Cortes, Federica Melis, Silvia Serra