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School of Music, Arts & Crafts / Contemporânea

  • 00:00 - 8 February, 2010
School of Music, Arts & Crafts / Contemporânea
School of Music, Arts & Crafts / Contemporânea, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 36

  • Architects

    Contemporânea / Manuel Graça Dias + Egas José Vieira
  • Location

    Chaves, Portugal
  • Category

  • Collaborators

    Duarte Correia, Amílcar Duarte, Mihai Varzan, Sara Baptista, Marta Quinaz, Sofia Sanches, Sara Rodrigues, Architects
  • Models

    José António Aires Pereira
  • Coordination

    Luís Torgal, Architect
  • Client

    Câmara Municipal de Chaves (Chaves City Council)
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. We developed the school as a long strip aligned with former railway station building, inflecting it slightly, in the middle, towards the north, to meet the locomotive repair workshop we intended for the bar/restaurant of the whole.

At this point of change in direction, that coincides with the entrance to the school atrium, was inserted, almost in the perpendicular, the auditorium, crossing the site. Taking advantage of the incline of the amphitheatre – which will descend, from the first floor towards the ground -, a generous half arch was created that, simultaneously marks, covers and protects the entrance, permitting the visual continuity of the volumetric progression of the building.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

This axis, deep and complex, continues the alignment begun by the recent recuperation of the former station and goods platform that dramatized the space between the aforementioned pieces: the arch under the auditorium contributing to the continuation of a “metaphysical” atmosphere that the other arches – those of the station —, formerly announced.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The exterior arrangement will explore the sense of a “street” with the creation of stone pavements and with the painting of concrete walls, in dark red, so as to reinforce the longilinear dimension of the place.

The south windows will be apertures in a “bar code” sequence, filling the corridors with striped lighting.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

At the west end there will be two metallic pavilions, with the same section of an existing stone building that housed the Historical Archives. They are “carriages”, slightly disordered, that will house a future Railway Museum.

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Cite: "School of Music, Arts & Crafts / Contemporânea" 08 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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