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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Gandra School in Paredes, Portugal by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes (designed using Autodesk Revit)

 
December 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

This is a two-storey school center based on a modular composition organized around a central courtyard. The classrooms are configured as single modules, juxtaposed and clearly perceptible, where variations of the implementation’s orientation and the roof’s slopes determine the formal design of this schools center. This results in a fragmentation of the global volume and roofing design, which cut out a silhouette of relative informality along the complex’s development. The different orientations and roof slopes grant a playful appearance that fits the scholar theme and its environment.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra)

  • Arcitect:Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes
  • Name of Project: Gandra School
  • Location: Paredes, Portugal
  • Project: 2009_2010
  • Client: Paredes’ City Hall
  • Photography: FG+SG | Fernando Guerra
  • Software used: Revit Architecture

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra)

  • Architecture Coordination: Nuno Lacerda Lopes
  • Architecture Collaboration: CNLL, Márcia Areal, Vanessa Tavares, Natália Rocha, Nuna Castro
  • Specialities: Grupo DAJ
  • Lot area: 12 267 m²
  • Gross Building Area: 4 227 m²
  • Constructor: Gabriel Couto
  • Model: CNLL

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

The circulation area – the corridor – is a bond element between the different functional areas and adopts the guiding lines and breaks defined by the classroom modules’ array, building a sense of unity and set in the individual volumes’ juxtaposition. It configures a dynamic and spatially rich path that provides access and simultaneously defines the shape of the central courtyard transposing its strong irregular geometry that characterizes the space.

Classroom (Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra)

The asymmetric shape of the central courtyard is compensated by large openings through the “curtain wall” system with a strictly defined metric, which seek not only to stimulate the innerpatio relation but to maintain the volumetric purity and abstraction. It is an unique solution in the educational framework with a strong modular sense, which conveys a distinguished spatial experience. The articulation of compositional variations renders a conceptual and consistent dynamic, controlled through design.

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

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One Response to “Gandra School in Paredes, Portugal by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes (designed using Autodesk Revit)”

  1. John says:

    This building is in a wrong place, cost much money, for nothing. Only for the architect win prizes.
    For a quarter of the total price this city could also have a good school like this.
    The European Union (EU) pay 80% and Portugal (PT) 20%, but PT do not have this money (20%). So, PT get more loans and loans.
    Please help Portugal: EU do not provide more capital for PT spend money like this way.

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