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Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto

  • 01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto
Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto, © José Campos | Architectural photography
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  • Collaborators

    Nicola Tuan, Elisa Pegorin, Luis Ribeiro, Isabel Azevedo, Tiago Tomas, Ricardo Lima
  • Structural Engeneering

    ARA - Alves Rodrigues & Associados, Lda
  • Specialist consultants

    ACRIBIA - Projectos e Desenho Técnico, Lda
  • Landscape Design

    Global2 - Inês Norton
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© José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

Text description provided by the architects. A serene and integrated learning experience within the dynamic life of a sports campus.

© José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

Located on the outskirts of the ancient village of Melgaço, on the northern border between Portugal and Spain, the new Sports University Building offers a serene and integrated learning atmosphere within the dynamic nature of a sports campus.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

As a result of an open public competition launched in 2008 by the Melgaço Municipality and the Viana do Castelo Polytechnic Institute, the new building was conceived as a central hub for the High Performance Sports Campus, concentrating all administrative, educational and social activities.

© José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

Based on a simple and clearly articulated geometric composition, the design strategy was a direct response to the challenges created by an imposing topography, a limited budget and the desire to achieve a balanced integration with the surrounding landscape.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The design followed a dialectic strategy by clearly distinguishing the social and administrative areas of the program, concentrated on the anchored concrete volume, from the main educational areas located on the lighter upper white volume. This dialectic strategy not only allowed an evident reduction of the scale of the building but was also decisive in defining its formal expression.

© José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

The interaction between the building and the surrounding landscape also followed this strategy by clearly intensifying a direct and transparent relation between the main social areas, with large glass areas in connection with the scenic countryside, as opposed to a more introspective nature that characterizes the main classroom areas, the office spaces and the library.

© José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

The design aimed to achieve a naturally balanced sustainable building, combining consistent passive design solutions, like the extensive use of natural lighting and ventilation, with the use of appropriate and long lasting materials.

© José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

The new Melgaço Sports School offers a serene and integrated learning experience within the dynamic nature of a sports campus.

© José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

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Cite: "Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto" 28 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/591676/melgaco-sports-school-monte-prado-pedro-reis-arquitecto/> ISSN 0719-8884

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