Architects: BFJ Arquitectos – Francisco Amaral Pólvora
Co-authors: Bernardo Campos Pereira, José Amaral Pólvora, Francisco Amaral Pólvora
Location: Leiria, Portugal
Project area: 14,730 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
The modernization of the Domingos Sequeira Secondary School in Leiria is part of the secondary school modernization program promoted by Parque Escolar – EPE, and can be resumed in the following operations:
Construction of a new building, which will function as the new school entrance, taking advantage of its location and configuration to serve as a connection between the existing buildings. This new block will incorporate common spaces, allowing for a greater integration and interaction between the various school users, thus creating a new centrality.
Apart from the administrative and executive spaces, this building will include the new library and resource center and other support spaces for the schooling community such as a convenience store, the copy centre, the students’ association and a snack bar that will complement the current cafeteria.
The school’s central atrium is a large space with natural light, serving as a meeting point for the entire school community. Spatial features are enhanced by the paintings produced by the school students.
Remodeling the existing buildings in order to enhance their spatial and construction qualities, ensuring the fulfillment of the current demands in terms of comfort, security and accessibility.
Building of a new covered sports field, including support facilities (shower, change-rooms and support spaces).
Remodeling of the school’s exterior areas and detachment between pedestrian accessibility and automobile parking zones.