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D. DINIS SECONDARY SCHOOL in Lisbon, Portugal by Ricardo Bak Gordon
January 25th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ricardo Bak Gordon
The modernisation project of the D. Dinis Secondary School was particularly pioneering in the context of the reforms being carried out by Parque Escolar, and simultaneously corresponds to a typology that includes around 70% of the secondary schools in Portugal – the pavilion schools.
The pavilion projects, which were mostly constructed in the seventies, were rudimentary projects from the programmatic and functional point of view and from the constructive point of view. The absence of thermal and acoustic insulation, of acclimatization and other infrastructure revealed all at once, the scarcity of the undertaking’s structure.
This modernisation reform sat in first place of the planned improvements: adding and replacing functional spaces (for example the library, multi-use room, study areas for students and teachers, departmental spaces etc.) in an epicentre position facing the existing constructions and around which, all the school’s activity gravitates. On the other hand the reform aims to improve the architectural and structural conditions and respective infrastructure in the existing buildings. Lastly, the reform offers the school conditions that permit better management and use of their own resources.
The new building, that distinguishes the D. Dinis Secondary School, is a type of central space, without beginning or end, where the vital functions of the new school are installed, and where all the existing pavilions are united. This new space was, in the first debates that preceded the modernisation Project, named the “learning street.”
The constructive system of this new building wasn’t indifferent to the fact that all the construction had to been completed in only six months. Therefore the Project leant towards the typology of a clean project, metal structure and external walls in “sandwich” system, finished with corrugated iron both on the exterior and interior. The roof is also metal plate, on top of which the respective thermal and acoustic insulations are supported.
In contrast to the colour of white on the peripheral wall, the continuous flooring is red. The flooring is an element that extends to the existing constructions and which therefore unifies the group of pavilions.
It is hoped that the result of this work will be the catalyst for a better performing and happier school for all of its population and if possible will be redeemable in one’s memory in the future.
About Ricardo Bak Gordon
Ricardo Bak Gordon was born in Lisbon in 1967 and studied at the Faculty of Architecture of Porto University, the Faculty of Architecture of Lisbon’s Universidade Técnica and at the Milan Polytechnic Institute.
He graduated in 1990. During that year he created Vilela & Gordon atelier, together with Carlos Vilela Lúcio. In 2000 he created the atelier Bak Gordon Arquitectos, where he currently works.
Among the projects and competitions he has participated in are; the first prize of the International Competition for the Residence of the Portuguese Embassy in Brasilia, the first prize of the International Competition for the Preservation of the Historic Centre of Sintra, the first prize for the Human Sciences and Arts Complex for Polo in Aviz, Évora, the first prize of the competition by invitation for the Municipal Archives Building in Palmela, the first prize of the competition by invitation for the Urban Park in Albarquel (coordinated by the Landscape Architecture office FCAP), the first prize of the competition by invitation for the swimming pool complex in Moita, and more recently, the first prize of the competition by invitation for the exhibiting project for the Lisbon Architectural Triennial, the Portuguese pavilion in the Biennale of São Paulo in Brazil or in the EXPO ZARAGOZA2008, in Spain.
His work as an architect has been presented in several exhibitions and conferences in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Brazil and published in many books and magazines on architecture worldwide.
He taught in several universities in Portugal and participated in several international seminars of architecture. He teaches the subject of Project in Faculdade de Arquitectura do Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon.
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