In 1998 the Municipality of Reggio Emilia purchased the premises of the former ‘Locatelli’ cheese storage facility to become the site of the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre.

The Malaguzzi Centre is situated on an area of approximately 12,000 square meters and includes:

  • the offices of Reggio Children

  • the Documentation and Educational Research Centre of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia

  • ateliers

  • the Marco Gerra exhibition hall

  • the Annamaria and Marco Gerra auditorium

  • facilities for professional development and research for teachers, researchers, and families, and for meetings and conferences

  • a preschool and a primary school

Opening soon:

  • bookshop and restaurant

Architectural Project: Tullio Zini and ZPZ Partners


The Marco Gerra Exhibition Hall is currently showing the exhibition One City, Many Children: Memory of a Present History, a journey through the long and adventurous story of the educational experience of Reggio Emilia, a story of rights conquered and constructed for and by the children.
Also on view in the exhibition hall is the study 1981-2008 Ariadne’s Thread, a revisitation of the documentation of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools from the 1980s to the present day.

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With a total seating capacity of 418, the Annamaria and Marco Gerra Auditorium can be divided into two separate independent rooms that can be used concurrently.

The auditorium is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technologies (control room, simultaneous translation, videoconferencing), providing the necessary support for all types of events.

For information and requests:

tel. +39 0522 232123


Since 2006 the spaces of the Ateliers has hosted the Ray of Light Atelier, a place for research, experimentation and immersion in an environment where light, in its various forms, can be investigated by means of explorations that provoke curiosity and wonder, and stimulate creativity and in-depth study. It is also a place of research in relation to a new didactics of science. The Ray of Light Atelier is designed for investigation and interactive experimentation, for both individuals and groups, by means of specifically devised contexts and instruments, with environments designed to make the phenomena more manifest and spectacular. The project began in 2004 with a collaboration between the Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Reggio Children, and the Department of Engineering Science and Methods of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, based on the educational and pedagogical experience of the local Municipal Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools.

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This space houses innovative furnishings and objects for early childhood originating from research projects carried out with the consultancy of Reggio Children. In line with the conviction that the world of childhood must not be confined within education but must contribute to a new quality of life for children outside the educational institutions as well, Reggio Children participates in research projects and consultancy with companies in various sectors interested in increasing their own knowledge and innovating the production of products aimed primarily at children but designed to improve the quality of life for all (for example: Alessi, Ikea, Isaff, Lego, Play+, Sony).

...research as a term that can describe the cognitive tension that is actuated whenever authentic knowledge-building processes take place. Research to describe the individual and common paths leading towards new worlds of possibilities… in the attempt to describe the vital force that can be common to children and adults inside and outside the school.
Carla Rinaldi, President of Reggio Children


The Documentation and Educational Research Centre was established to be a resource for highlighting and qualifying the experience of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools, and of the local educational institutions in general. The Centre provides opportunities for exchange and professional enrichment by promoting and supporting the culture of documentation and educational research as an integral part of the professionalism of educators. The Centre also collaborates with Reggio Children on the creation and management of exhibitions related to projects designed and carried out by the Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools operated by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia as well as other schools on the local territory. The Gianni Rodari Theater Laboratory and the Video Centre work in close collaboration with the Documentation Centre.

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The new preschool at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, officially opened on 23 February 2009, features strongly innovative architecture and furnishings and continuing research into the development of educational potential. The project is the fruit of team-work by architects (Tullio Zini and ZPZ Partners) pedagogistas, Reggio Emilia Municipal Istituzione of Preschools and Infanttoddler Centres teachers and atelieristas and Reggio Children.

The school houses 3 preschool classes and 2 primary school classrooms, with opportunities for experimenting on projects together in the same building.

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