CVDB Arquitectos has shared with us their proposal for the Linda a Velha Primary School in Oeiras Portugal. Follow after the break for additional images and a brief narrative from the architects.
Goal: to develop public space through the integration of the different parts of the program and its relation with topography.
By grounding the building through its library and hosting the school on the upper floor we develop a public park on the ground floor, whose limits the building defines, which allow us to bring public life into the visual (but not functional) core of the school and thus creating public space that serves the surrounding neighborhood.
Consequently, by locating the school and kindergarten in just one level we easier its functional organization, avoiding up and down movements inside the school, and directly connecting the whole floor with the leveled playground on the upper side of the site.