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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.

Leça do Balio School in Matosinhos, Portugal by aNC arquitectos

 
September 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: aNC arquitectos

School for 200 children of the 1st cycle of basic education and 40 children of kindergarten in Leça do Balio

Image Courtesy © Jorge Carvalho

Image Courtesy © Jorge Carvalho

  • Architects: aNC arquitectos
  • Project: Leça do Balio School
  • Location: Matosinhos, Portugal
  • Photography: Daniel Malhão, Jorge Carvalho, Axonometria de Localização, Corte Transversal, Sala de Aula Tipo, Mapa de Vãos Exteriores
  • Dates:2008- 2013
  • Client: Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos
  • Structure: Newton, Consultores de Engenharia LDA, Carlos Lino
Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

  • Team: Teresa Novais, Luísa Meneses, João Pedro Fernandes, Pedro Loureiro, Ana Bacelar
  • Landscape Architecture: Victor Beiramar Diniz , arquitecto paisagista
  • Electrical Installations: Gpic, Projectos, Instalações e Consultoria L.da
  • Mechanical Installations: Get, Gestão de Energia Térmica, Lda, Raúl Bessa
  • Hydraulic Installations: Newton, Consultores de Engenharia LDA, Fernanda Valente
  • Energy Eficiency Consultancy: Miguel Nery
  • Contractor: Norasil
  • Surface: 2736.0 m2, 3757,0 m2
Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Designing for the city

Located next to a existing school for the 2nd and 3rd cycles of basic education, the new building, by the street, forms the entrance for both schools. A ramp leads to the existing school and organizes the outdoors movements of pupils in 2nd and 3rd cycles, while two parallel blocks, whose dimensions are defined by the existing school, follow the slope and design playgrounds at different levels and of different kinds. The porches, the entrance ramp, the connection block and the exterior stairs, interweave the built fabric with the outdoor spaces.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Modulating the spaces with natural light

Adapting the building to the slope is accentuated by altimetry indentations in each block, which create two floor-to-ceiling heights: a lower one for the classrooms and a higher one for common facilities such as the cafeteria, gym and library. In the classrooms, oriented to the north, the neutral atmosphere becomes intimate with their low windows overlooking the landscape. In the common areas, washed by southern quadrant daylight and in continuity with the playgrounds, the wide space is deliberately made warm. Countless skylights complete the indented effect in the roof and punctuate the classrooms and their support spaces with southern quadrant daylight, and the circulation and service spaces with eastern quadrant daylight. This spatial modulation, by means of the light, re-designs the conventional matrix “school with corridor in the middle”, with a repetitive prosody, which is accentuated by the use of openings with always the same dimension.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Creating a space for undefined use

In contrast, the central space that houses the entrance and connects the two inner levels, allows, by the generosity of its dimensions, undefined uses. Outside, this connection block expresses its ambiguity: sometimes identifies itself with the entrance ramp, now extends the covered playground. Here, the openings are appropriate to each face.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Carvalho

Image Courtesy © Jorge Carvalho

Conveying availability

Surfaces with ‘stony’ connotations, such as the concrete with several textures and colours and the aggregated sand, seasoned by surfaces with organic connotations, such as the wood and the cork, reinforce the familiar identity of the building, solid, safe, available and open-faced to all experiences.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Carvalho

Image Courtesy © Jorge Carvalho

23_Corridor in the North Volume

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

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