The Campus of the Setúbal Polytechnic Institute lies in the outskirts of the town of Setúbal, with various schools built during the eighties and nineties (including Alvaro Siza’s well known Teacher’s College) in a typical southern Portugal landscape of gently rolling slopes and patches of cork trees, all bathed in strong southern sunlight. In 2007, while envisioning the construction of two new buildings (an Health Sciences School and a Canteen), the Institute’s direction decided to confer a greater sense of unity to the exterior spaces of the Campus. Stage 1 of the resulting project included the completion of a pathway linking an existing neighborhood (South of the Campus) to bus stops on the Northern side of the Campus (linking to the town centre). At the (northern) end of this pathway, a small structure was proposed, to serve as a resting and meeting point for students arriving or leaving the Campus and as an announcement of the Campus presence to those passing on the road.
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