Caneças High School / ARX

  • 02 Jul 2013
  • Educational Featured Selected Works
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Architects: ARX
Location: Caneças,
Principals In Charge: Nuno Mateus and José Mateus
Work Team: Ricardo Guerreiro, Fábio Cortês, Ana Fontes, João Dantas, Sofia Raposo, Mariana Sá, Emanuel Rebelo, Diana Afonso, Miguel Torres, Filipe Cardoso, Bruno Martins, Marc Anguill, Gaia Pelizzari, Rodrigo Henriques
Area: 11,600 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Landscape Architects: Traços na Paisagem
Graphic Design: Pedro Falcão
Engineerings: SAFRE, Estudos e Projectos de Engenharia Lda; PEN Engenharia; CTQ, Lda.; SOLGEN; GEOTEST
3 D Modeling: Traços na Paisagem
Client: Parque Escolar EPE

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

The existent school is located in the outskirts of Caneças, Odivelas, in a territory of intense discontinuities. The proposal is structured beginning in a double interpretation of the learning concept: formal learning and informal learning.

Ground Floor Plan

Those two types are translated in the building in two different architectural approaches, maintaining a dialogue between them. In consequence, the stiffness of the existent blocks, where the class rooms are placed, are structured like “learning machines”, in contrast with the informality of the new parts, enabling the “informal learning “in the collective spaces.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Considering that in the school, every spaces are teaching spaces, that each one as its own importance, the organization and articulation between spaces is meant to fluid, with physical and visual permeability, allowing a more spontaneous and creative appropriation, leading to the willing of learn through space.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

The human relations and activities are, in the end, in the base of all knowledge. From a tectonic point of view, the solutions adopted give the building an idea of matter unity and grant the space an elementary and abstract character.

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