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Escola Secundária Garcia da Orta / Ricardo Bak Gordon

Escola Secundária Garcia da Orta / Ricardo Bak Gordon

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  • Architect In Charge : Ricardo Bak Gordon
  • Collaborators : Leonor Cício, Luís Pedro Pinto, Nuno Costa, Patrícia Cabaça, Pedro Serrazina, Sónia Silva, Walter Perdigão
  • Foundations, Structural Engineering And Hydraulics : Betar
  • Electrics, Communications, Security And Thermal : Rodrigues Gomes
  • Client : Parque Escolar
  • Areas : 3200m2 construction area + 9300m2 de refurbishment
  • City : Porto
  • Country : Portugal
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Text description provided by the architects. Winters in Oporto are usually cold and wet, with heavy rain during much of the school year.

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Floor Plan

This school was built in the 1970s as a series of separate pavilions. It was included in the modernization of Portuguese secondary schools, a program with the aim of introducing new resources that are now considered to be essential for public education.

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In the context of the new program and the climate, we designed a building that is the school’s central space. It complies with the brief and provides a large recreational area that is external but covered.

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Section

The building is linear, and opening onto the covered area are two of the most dynamic parts of the school: the library and the cafeteria. It is located in the space between the existing buildings and, suggesting dislocation this led to a roof design for the open area that appears to be unstable and not supported. Strong colours in the new environments contrast neutrality of the classrooms, and the greatest intensity is in the great covered “square”.

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Address:Boavista, 4050-426 Porto, Portugal

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Cite: "Escola Secundária Garcia da Orta / Ricardo Bak Gordon" 06 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/521343/escola-secundaria-garcia-da-orta-bak-gordon> ISSN 0719-8884
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Garcia da Orta 高中 / Ricardo Bak Gordon

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