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Prefabricated Public Schools: 7 Brazilian Projects in Plan and Section

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. 

House in Cotia / UNA Arquitetos

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  • Architects: UNA Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 400.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Maria Antônia University Centre / UNA Arquitetos

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Vila Buarque, Brazil
  • Architects: UNA Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6199.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

13 Stunning Inner Courtyards

We would like to take a second to focus on the wonderful, yet often overlooked, inner courtyard. The inner courtyard is essentially a "contained outside space" made up of transparent walls, and a well thought-out drainage system is a must. Other elements such as furnishings, decks, vegetation, stairs, water are then added, complicating the space created. The inner courtyard also plays a role in the building's layout; in most cases it functions as the central point from which the other rooms and functions of the project are organized, giving them air and light when the façade openings are not enough.

Here is our selection of 13 stunning inner courtyards of houses and buildings that we have previously published on our site.

House in Florianópolis / Una Arquitetos

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Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Architects: Una Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 270.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Joinville House / UNA Arquitetos

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Joinville, Brazil
  • Architects: UNA Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 432.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Central Library of the PUC Campinas / Piratininga Arquitetos Associados

© Bebete Viegas © Bebete Viegas © Bebete Viegas © Bebete Viegas + 17

Campinas, Brazil
  • Architects: Piratininga Arquitetos Associados
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2005

Campinas School / bvy arquitetos

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: bvy arquitetos - Cássia Buitoni, Mariana Viégas + Luciana Yamamura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 9580.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2008

SALC House / Frederico Zanelato | Architects

© Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas + 9

Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
  • Architects: Frederico Zanelato | Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 360.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

Centauro Concept Store / DMDV arquitetos

© Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas + 25

Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: DMDV arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 830.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2008

Estação Ciência Cafe / Una Arquitetos

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara e Fernando Viégas

Joanopolis House / UNA Arquitetos

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Joanópolis, Brazil
  • Architects: UNA Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 434.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2008