Gandra School / CNLL

Gandra School / CNLL

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  • Architects: CNLL: Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

Text description provided by the architects. This is a two-storey school center based on a modular composition organized around a central courtyard. The classrooms are configured as single modules, juxtaposed and clearly perceptible, where variations of the implementation’s orientation and the roof’s slopes determine the formal design of this schools center.

Gandra School / CNLL - Windows, Stairs
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

This results in a fragmentation of the global volume and roofing design, which cut out a silhouette of relative informality along the complex’s development. The different orientations and roof slopes grant a playful appearance that fits the scholar theme and its environment.

Gandra School / CNLL - Windows, Door, Facade
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The circulation area – the corridor - is a bond element between the different functional areas and adopts the guiding lines and breaks defined by the classroom modules’ array, building a sense of unity and set in the individual volumes’ juxtaposition.

Gandra School / CNLL - Facade
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

It configures a dynamic and spatially rich path that provides access and simultaneously defines the shape of the central courtyard transposing its strong irregular geometry that characterizes the space.


The asymmetric shape of the central courtyard is compensated by large openings through the "curtain wall" system with a strictly defined metric, which seek not only to stimulate the inner- patio relation but to maintain the volumetric purity and abstraction.


It is an unique solution in the educational framework with a strong modular sense, which conveys a distinguished spatial experience. The articulation of compositional variations renders a conceptual and consistent dynamic, controlled through design.

Gandra School / CNLL - Windows
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Address:Paredes Municipality, Portugal

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Cite: "Gandra School / CNLL" 28 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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