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.

Primary School and Kindergarten in Calvão, Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos

January 7th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CVDB Arquitectos

The school is organised in three parts. The central and most public area contains the main entrance, the library, gymnasium, refectory, activities and workshop areas, multi-purpose room, school administration and covered playground. These spaces are organised so that they can be used independently by the local community. The library is at the core of the school common areas, connecting the school entrance to the building and to the main playground.

Primary School and Kindergarten

  • Architects: CVDB Arquitectos
  • Project: Primary School and Kindergarten
  • Location: Calvão, Vagos, Portugal
  • Project data: International public competition – 1st prize, 2008
  • Client: Câmara Municipal de Vagos (Vagos Municipality)
  • Total Built area: 4 297 sq m (46 253 sq ft)
  • Construction cost: 2 154 338,00 Euros ($ 2 969 370 USD)
  • Design Team: Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay, João Falcão, Federico Lammers, Hugo Nascimento, Joana Barrelas
  • Landscape architecture: F&C Arquitectura Paisagista
  • Structure, foundations and  services: AFA Consult

Primary School and Kindergarten

The kindergarten and it’s more quiet courtyard are located in the northern part of the site and the primary school classrooms in the southern part of the site. These are connected to the common areas through a continuous ramp that wraps the gymnasium with timber columns and that also adjusts the project to the site topography of the dunes, allowing therefore for the classrooms to have direct access to the playground areas where the existing pine trees are located.

Primary School and Kindergarten

These trees protect the classrooms from the wind and direct sun exposure. The classrooms are organised in rather flexible way, allowing for teaching/learning to be quite informal. The kindergarten classrooms are all directly connected to their courtyard.

Primary School and Kindergarten


The Architecture practice CVDB ARQUITECTOS was founded by Cristina Veríssimo and Diogo Burnay in 1999. The studio work ranges from urban design projects to new buildings, from rehabilitation of old buildings to interior architecture or ephemeral structures. The studio is committed to develop a professional practice associated to architectural research, understanding each project as an open and participated field to all involved in the design process, exploring current design practices and building design methods that position architecture as part of a larger physical and cultural landscape and considering the individual’s experience and perception of urban spaces. The practice has had several national and international design awards, has been invited to lecture in Portugal, Spain, France, Argentina and the USA. Their work has been published and exhibited in several countries, such as Portugal, France, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Mexico and China.

Primary School and Kindergarten

Cristina Veríssimo graduated in Architecture at the Faculdade de Arquitectura (FA-UTL) and has a Masters from the GSD, Harvard. She worked with João Luis Carrilho da Graça in Lisbon and with Zaha Hadid in London. She has been a jury and lectured in schools in Hong Kong, Europe, Argentina, USA, and currently teaches design studio at the Faculdade de Arquitectura in Lisbon.

Primary School and Kindergarten

Diogo Burnay graduated in Architecture at the Faculdade de Arquitectura (FA-UTL) and has a Masters from the Bartlett, London. He worked in Lisbon, London and Macau. He taught and lectured in schools in Hong Kong, Europe, was the Cass Gilbert Professor at CALA, University of Minnesota, 2002 and 2006, was the Ralph Hawkins professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Texas, Arlington, in the fall 2007 and currently teaches design studio at the Faculdade de Arquitectura in Lisbon.


Primary School and Kindergarten



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