Nossa Senhora da Conceição School / Pitagoras Group

Nossa Senhora da Conceição School / Pitagoras Group

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves + 29

Schools  · 
Guimarães, Portugal
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Pitagoras Group
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • architects

  • location

    Guimarães, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Fernando Seara De Sá, Raul Roque Figueiredo, Alexandre Coelho Lima, Manuel Luís Vilhena Roque.
  • photographs

  • Collaborators

    Marlene Sousa, João Couto, Fernando Torres, João Carvalho, Francisco Oliveira, Des. Hélio Pinto, Des.
  • Foundations and Structures

    A400 Francisco Bernardo
  • Hydraulic

    Rui Maia
  • Thermal And Acoustic

    Projegui, Lda. A. Monteiro De Castro, Ivone Carneiro.
  • Mechanical Installations

    Cma Campos Marinho, João Araújo, Rede De Dados
  • Electrical And Data Network

    Féris Cruz Fernandes
  • 3D model

    C.G.Work João Andias Carvalho
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Hélio Pinto
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© Luís Ferreira Alves
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Text description provided by the architects. The school for primary and pre-school education is situated next to Guimarães’ sporting district, surrounded by a large green area. The regular topography and form of the land arranges two platforms separated by a small difference in height.

© Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

Using the slope which connects the two platforms to the land, we installed the first unit, where the main access is located, and the body of common services which is practically absorbed by the remaining elements. From this, the sports pavilion was developed for the West side, and on the other side, two parallel units for the South, forming a patio with two classrooms orientated to the East and connected by other spaces or crossing elements.

Section 1
Section 1

The building ́s image is fundamentally characterised by these two parallel units installed in a longitudinal direction of the land, which will essentially be dedicated to the two levels of existing teaching. They will be similar in terms of form, emphasising linearity accentuated by the concrete canopies which surround them.

© Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

The building was constructed with components of concrete in evidence in support walls, some exterior parameters and shading canopies, varying its sizes according to the orientation of the sun, functioning as separation components and even between the coating elements used.

© Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

These components are made of polyurethane plate panels, placed over simple walls in acoustic ceramic blocks, simultaneously solving the thermal insulation issue and the exterior finishing of the building. On the other side they are also used as additional shading components, namely in the façades orientated to the West, defining the image of the building.

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Address: Guimarães, Portugal

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Cite: "Nossa Senhora da Conceição School / Pitagoras Group" 09 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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