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Colégio dos Plátanos in Sintra, Portugal by murmuro

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Article source: murmuro

Colégio dos Plátanos is a school in Sintra which educates children from the age of 3 to 14; the project consists of the expansion and reorganization of the school. Having acquired a set of low quality buildings east of the existing school, the client intended to demolish them and expand the school complex eastwards, adding a series of new classrooms, complementary spaces and sport facilities. During the design phase the client changed course and decided to maintain the east buildings and commissioned a new construction of smaller scale, connecting the east and west buildings that had to be built in two phases, allowing for a reduced investment since our country was facing an economic crisis and on the verge of the troika intervention (IMF, EC, ECB). This decision also required the development of an intermediate structural solution and controlled demolitions in order not to interrupt the daily school operation; only with the conclusion of the second phase will the entire complex be fully articulated.

Northern facade overall view – phase 1, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

  • Architects: murmuro
  • Project: Colégio dos Plátanos
  • Location: Sintra, Portugal
  • Photography: Pedro Pacheco
  • Client: Colégio dos Plátanos
  • Team:

    • Architecture: João Caldas, Rita Breda, Tiago Araújo, Pedro Rodrigues, Francisco Calheiros
    • Design: Inês Oliveira
    • Engeneering: TDP Engenharia
  • Size: 1850 m2
  • Under construction: 2010

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Boreal Primary School in Québec, Canada by CCM2 architectes + Onico Architecture

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Article source: CCM2 architectes

The new Elementary School of Boischatel was built on the old municipal baseball field, beside the soccer field, and is surrounded by a wonderful wooden area. The building regroups twelve classrooms, two kindergartens, a daycare, a library, a computer laboratory, few administrative offices and a gymnasium which was designed to be doubled, if needed. The steel structure of this two storey school was conceived to receive twelve more classrooms and an extension of the gymnasium. The school was designed to allow the access of the gymnasium (and its services) to the citizens of the municipality after the working and teaching hours. The proximity of the school within the wooden area and its creek creates an inspiring environment for the students and the staff, giving the impression of a “tree house/classroom”.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Groleau

  • Architects: CCM2 architectes + Onico Architecture
  • Project: Boreal Primary School
  • Location: Boischatel, Québec, Canada
  • Photography: Stéphane Groleau and Dave Tremblay
  • Client: Commission scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries
  • Structural / Civil: WSP Group
  • Mechanical /electrical: Genecor inc.
  • Contractor: Nova Construction
  • Budget: 5,7 M$ | CAN
  • Project area: 30 730 pi2 | 12 855 m2
  • Completion: 2014

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Orsino Building, Uxbridge High School in England by AndArchitects

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Article source: AndArchitects

The brief was to create a building that would provide a space for teaching music and drama and to celebrate and inspire students’ performance. This was a complex planning procedure as the site sits within the Green Belt and teaching was to be maintained during the demolition of the old block and new construction.

Image Courtesy © AndArchitects

  • Architects: AndArchitects
  • Project: Orsino Building, Uxbridge High School
  • Location: Uxbridge, England

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Eco-Cocoon | Green Academy in Bologna, Italy by Rena Sakellaridou & Morpho Papanikolaou, SPARCH

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Article source: Rena Sakellaridou & Morpho Papanikolaou, SPARCH

We recycle ideas, architectural concepts, structures, buildings, materials. We experiment with hybrids that step out from what exists and are transformed through new programs. How do you transform the former paper factory in Marzabotto into a place for culture, development and innovation? How do you recycle this old industrial plant into new life and uses? How do you give the Green Academy strong presence?

Image Courtesy © Rena Sakellaridou & Morpho Papanikolaou, SPARCH

  • Architects: Rena Sakellaridou & Morpho Papanikolaou, SPARCH
  • Project: Eco-Cocoon | Green Academy
  • Location: Bologna, Italy
  • Collaborating Architects: N. Apergis A. Georgiadis, N. Tsompikou G. Papanikolaou, A. Verteouri, A. Vasileiou
  • Students: D. Pouniou, Z. Kokogia, P. Vryza, K. Venieris, A. Carrer Vives, M. Vollas

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Rochester School in Chía, Colombia by Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Article source: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

With approximately 16000m² of buildings and 21000m² of exteriors and landscape design, the Rochester School’s Master Plan aimed for a strategy which reflected its own concept of academic community. Thus, as a premise, the HUBS (grouping system) appeared, looking for an educational model that integrate teachers and students disregarding grades and therefore fading out the traditional hierarchy of school formation.

Image Courtesy © Rodrigo Dávila

  • Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos (Daniel Bonilla y Marcela Albornoz)
  • Project: Rochester School
  • Location: Chía, Colombia
  • Photography: Rodrigo Dávila
  • Owner: Rochester School
  • Design team: Juan Felipe Herrera, Mauricio Méndez, Alexander Roa, María Paula Gonzales
  • Students: Cesar Grisales
  • General direction: Oikos
  • Interventory: PAYC
  • Structural design: SOYC Ltda

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Urla Atatürk Primary School in İzmir, Turkey by Mert Uslu Architecture

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Article source: Mert Uslu Architecture

The structure, which maintains its continuity in the linear architecture, is aimed to create a space open to the active use of students and teachers by means of the large courtyard formed in the south by leaning to the northern edge of the land. The climatic characteristics of Urla have been taken into consideration and applications for planting have been foreseen in the sections facing the south pavement. However, such a study of the south pavement by the practitioner has not yet been carried out. It was aimed to break the monotonous inside and outside on the whole of the design by creating the level differences between the buildings and thus a dynamic composition was captured in the building which is a school. The structure in the physical environment in which it stands out in pure geometrical form is exhibiting a naive temperament in Urla’s traditional heritage.

Image Courtesy © Mert Uslu Architecture

  • Architects: Mert Uslu Architecture
  • Project: Urla Atatürk Primary School
  • Location: İzmir, Turkey
  • Software used: ArchiCAD and 3dsmax
  • Architectural style: Modern
  • Construction Type: Concrete Construction
  • Gross External Area: 4550.00 M2
  • Building Height: 10.00 M
  • Number of Floors: 4
  • Year: 2017

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OLD SCHOOL REFURBISHMENT in Tréverien, France by Guinée*Potin Architectes

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Article source: Guinée*Potin Architectes 

The primary school of Treverien is in the center of the little town, in an old granit building. This typical building of the region is unfortunately far too small with the expansion of the town. Thus, an annexe was built against the original building and two prefabricated buildings were set into the playground to gain more room.

Image Courtesy © Guinée*Potin Architectes

  • Architects: Guinée*Potin Architectes
  • Project: OLD SCHOOL REFURBISHMENT
  • Location: 12 rue des Négociants / Tréverien / 35190 / France
  • Developper: Tréverien town
  • Security consultant: Qualiconsult
  • Construction value: 1 300 000 € (excl. taxes)

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Schoolgarden “De Buitenkans” in Roosendaal, The Netherlands by RO&AD Architecten

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Article source: RO&AD Architecten 

A neighbourhood family had a redundant piece of land, and offered that to “Het Da Vinci College” , a school for animal care and gardening, with pupils who require additional support. They didn’t know where this would end, because there was a plot, lots of enthusiasm, involvement, from the school, neighbourhood and city council, but neither the skills, nor the money to realise the project. That’s where RO&AD architects stepped in. With help of the Province of Noord-Brabant, Visavis Landscape designers, who gave a small budget, they designed a plan which made it possible to be made by the teachers, the pupils, and the neighbourhood themselves. It is a 6 meters wide and 100 meters long timber structure, with relatively easy to make trusses, which are held together by nail plates. All rooms, like the classroom, animal room, greenhouses etc are placed in a row, without any room and money devouring things like halls or hallways. When Rini, a teacher at the school, saw this, he became so enthusiastic, that he offered to make the building himself. And that is what happened. He postponed his retirement for 2 years, and together with neighbours, students and lots of other people he started to work. Under the guidance of a contractor and the architects, he built the school, and the garden in 1 ½ year’s time. And it works! Neighbours are taking down their fences to get access to the school garden. They take care of the plants and the animals during the holidays, and the students finally have a place where they can be proud of to work on.

Image Courtesy © Katja Effting

  • Architects: RO&AD Architecten (Bergen op Zoom, Middelburg, The Netherlands)
  • Project: Schoolgarden “De Buitenkans”
  • Location: Roosendaal, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Katja Effting
  • Software used: Revit and Autocad
  • Design Team: Ad Kil, Ro Koster, Tamara Giesbers, Chris Bakens
  • Landscape design: Vis-a-Vis Woudrichem, The Netherlands
  • Structural Engineer: ABR Roosendaal, The Netherlands

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Rivers International School in Arnhem, The Netherlands by LIAG architecten en bouwadviseurs

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Article source: LIAG architecten en bouwadviseurs 

The new building for the Rivers International School Arnhem, designed by LIAG, is situated in Arnhem on the south side of the Rhine river, next to the Arnhem South railway station Schuytgraaf. The Arnhem region is situated within the Netherlands close to the German border in a rural area where housing and public facilities are readily accessible. The River’s population represents over 45 nationalities. The caring atmosphere helps all the students to feel at home.

Image Courtesy © Ben Vulkers

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Murteira School Refurbishment in Cadaval, Portugal by NOZ Arquitectura

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Article source: NOZ Arquitectura 

The project consisted in the refurbishment of the existing school building and extension with the construction of a new adjacent building to accommodate the new program.

The new building was designed with a remarkably modern language without however overlapping with the existing architecture.  The ground level of the extension building houses a classroom, teacher’s room,  sanitary facilities and kitchen. The upper floor has three of the new rooms, all with a direct exit to the exterior.

South Elevation, Image Courtesy © NOZ Arquitectura

  • Architects: NOZ Arquitectura
  • Project: Murteira School Refurbishment
  • Location: Cadaval, Portugal

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