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Prefabricated Public Schools: 7 Brazilian Projects in Plan and Section

05:00 - 22 November, 2018
Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon
Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon

Great school design is more than just a good piece of architecture. Particularly in vulnerable areas with poor public infrastructure, schools symbolize the role of the state and education as a transforming agent for social improvement. They can also become areas for community life, sports, courses, among other uses. Unfortunately, these projects do not always receive the attention they deserve. 

Schools require diverse and complex programs and flows, therefore, developing an educational project is one of the greatest challenges for architects. Due to the economy, rationalization, and speed of work, Brazil's largest portion of school projects are designed from prefabricated concrete elements with rigid modulations and, in rare cases, steel. But what may seem to limit at first, can actually become an exercise in structural creativity. 

In an attempt to elucidate the systems used to materialize these projects, we've selected a compilation of seven prefabricated schools in plan and section to create incredible spaces for learning. 

How Inverted King Post Trusses Allow for Large, Elegant Open Spaces

04:00 - 15 November, 2018
SEBRAE Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto. Image © Nelson Kon
SEBRAE Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto. Image © Nelson Kon

Inverted king post trusses are made of steel bars and cables used to reduce bending, deformation, and a trusses’ height. In other words, they are a collection of continuous beams (steel or wood) and steel cables that are positioned under the beam, supported by an upright king post. Although slender, they are suited for large spans and have small sections.

Grid House / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Alexandre Schneider Grid House / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Alexandre Schneider SEBRAE Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto. Image © Nelson Kon Grid House / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Alexandre Schneider + 17

Jardim Paulistano House / GrupoSP

09:00 - 25 February, 2016
Jardim Paulistano House / GrupoSP, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Alvaro Puntoni, João Sodré, André Nunes
  • Area

    585.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Itacolomi 445 / gruposp

01:00 - 3 December, 2014
Itacolomi 445 / gruposp, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Itacolomi - Higienópolis, São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Álvaro Puntoni, João Sodré, Jonathan Davies, André Nunes
  • Collaborators

    Fabricius Mastroantonio, Julia Caio, Alexandre Mendes
  • Project Area

    3500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Simpatia Street Housing / gruposp

01:00 - 18 August, 2011
Simpatia Street Housing / gruposp, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

    Alvaro Puntoni, João Sodré, Jonathan Davies
  • Location

    Vila Madalena, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Sebrae Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto

01:00 - 1 April, 2011
Sebrae Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto, ©  Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

    Alvaro Puntoni, Luciano Margotto, João Sodré, Jonathan Davies
  • Location

    Via L2 Sul, 2488-2548 - Brasília, Brasília - DF, Brazil
  • Area

    25000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Public School In Votorantin / grupoSP

00:00 - 2 December, 2010
Public School In Votorantin / grupoSP, ©  grupoSP
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  • Architects

    grupoSP
  • Location

    Votorantin, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Project Team

    Alvaro Puntoni, Jonathan Davies, João Sodré, Isabel Nassif, Rodrigo Ohtake
  • Area

    3525.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Morro do Querosene House / gruposp

00:00 - 20 November, 2010
Morro do Querosene House / gruposp, ©  Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Principal in charge

    Alvaro Puntoni
  • Project team

    João Sodré, Jonathan Davies
  • Area

    360.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs