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Mouriz School / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

  • 01:00 - 7 October, 2011
Mouriz School / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes
Mouriz School / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes, © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mouriz, 4580 Paredes Municipality, Portugal
  • Architect

    Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes (CNLL)
  • Project Team

    CNLL I Márcia Areal I Vanessa Tavares I Hélder Lopes I Augusto Rachão I Natália Rocha
  • Architecture Coordination

    CNLL
  • Specialties

    AC + Cogen, Central Projecto, IPC
  • Mode

    CNLL
  • Client

    Paredes City Council
  • Constructor

    MRG
  • Area

    3220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. This is a two-storey school center, including a kindergarten and an elementary school located in Mouriz, Paredes, Portugal. It was conceived to comply with a functional program based on the needs of a fifteen classroom school center: managing flows and creating different levels of use due to different levels of autonomy within the school center - kindergarten and elementary school; common areas and sports area; linking the dynamics of each space; ranking uses and users; sharing pathways and functions.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Formally the school was defined as a longitudinal volume. The longitudinal facades are surfaces mainly sealed, only punctuated by the repetition of the same vertical opening in an apparently randomness, which at a deeper look demonstrates a careful composition instead. In opposition to the mainly enclosure of the school’s main facades, both top facades open to the surroundings through large glazed openings, polarizing the school’s longitudinality.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

The two side facing pitched roof that develops along the school’s length adopts different slopes with its assumed integration in the facades, transposing an idea of movement, which combined with the openings, creates an illusion of an apparent city’s skyline. Thus the facade’s rhythmic composition is not limited to the openings domain, but extends itself equally to the roof, affecting the volumetric form, which in a sense, accentuates the distinct value of the formal design of this school, and also gives us to the idea of playfulness, an intrinsic value to majority of the school's users.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

The school’s formal features also have their outcome on the school’s inner spatiality. The characterization of the interior space and athmosphere reflects the rhythmic composition of the openings as well as the roof’s slopes variables, allowing different interior-exterior perspectives and relations, and especially different physical and sensorial experiences in each space, whether in classrooms or in corridors. The exterior coating material in modified wood widely used gives an unique and continuous skin dimension to the school building, ensuring an aesthetic quality and an architectural uniqueness.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Regarding to the interior, it should be emphasized the predominance of characterizing elements as a recurrent theme, like the vinylic pavement, the suspended lighting, the white lacquered MDF cabinets and doors, which guarantee a bright and neat learning space, in which the childrean’s interaction and synergy with the space are highlighted. This school centre is a spatial solution with a strong sense of integration. It transmits an aesthetic sense of global connection and care given by the drawing composition, though printing simultaneously a contemporary expression.

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Text provided by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Mouriz School / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes" 07 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/174417/mouriz-school-atelier-nuno-lacerda-lopes/>
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26 Comments

António · January 14, 2012

The location in the map is wrong.
This building is nice, but it was too expensive for portuguese people. It could be done with half the total cost. It is a good example as in Portugal the money is bad applied.

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Árvores de Portugal · October 11, 2011

Escolas novas e bonitas, mas sem árvores!... http://t.co/JDaXspGu

Pedro Nuno Teixeira Santos · October 11, 2011

Is it my impression or someone forgot the trees?

Malika-Zaynah Grant · October 22, 2011 12:53 PM

I see what you mean. I like the whole concept of the building design but I think it needs the trees. I don't understand why they didn't include that because it would of made it look more child-friendly.

Glen Read · October 11, 2011

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Raphael Milani · October 11, 2011

The best architecture school I&#39ve ever seen! In Portugal http://t.co/yLirHyoo

R. Borges · October 10, 2011

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Mike · October 10, 2011

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Robert Remiker · October 10, 2011

Playful punctuation. Rooflines and windows with movement in mind. http://t.co/YWkvAL2U

R.A · October 09, 2011

I like the idea of randomness since its a kindergarten and elementary school. But I believe it can be shown more than just rectangular windows in random order & random pitched roof.

Peter Dormaar · October 09, 2011

Elementary school looks like it could be seen in a Pixar movie. school kan bijna worden gezien in een Pixar film.http://t.co/GXI9DTOc

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up_today_arch · October 08, 2011

I like the combination of random windows and this kind of roof!

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