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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.

Linda a Velha Primary School in Oeiras, Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos

May 25th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CVDB Arquitectos

The goal is to develop public space through the integration of the different parts of the program and its relation with topography.

Linda a Velha Primary School

  • Architects: CVDB Arquitectos
  • Project: Linda a Velha Primary School
  • Location: Oeiras, Portugal
  • Architect Team: Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay, João Falcão, Joana Barrelas, Tiago Santos, Luís Cruz, André Barbosa, Hugo Nascimento, Allison Gonsalves, Marcin Sztaba

Linda a Velha Primary School

By grounding the building through its library and hosting the school on the upper floor we develop a public park on the ground floor, whose limits the building defines, which allow us to bring public life into the visual (but not functional) core of the school and thus creating public space that serves the surrounding neighbourhood.

Linda a Velha Primary School

Consequently, by locating the school and kindergarten in just one level we easier its functional organization, avoiding up and down movements inside the school, and directly connecting the whole floor with the levelled playground on the upper side of the site.

Linda a Velha Primary School

CVDB Arquitectos Biography

Architecture practice CVDB arquitectos, based in Lisbon, founded by Cristina Verissimo and Diogo Burnay in 1999. Founder Architects are teachers at the “Faculdade de Arquitectura UTL” at Lisbon and they boast a prestigious curriculum vitae: collaborations with international architects, such as Joao Luis Carrilho da Graça in Lisbon and Zaha Hadid in London; teaching experiences, Diogo Burnay taught in Hong Kong at the University of Minnesota and was professor at the University of Texas at Arlington; in addition, he and Cristina have been a jury and lectured in schools in Hong Kong, Europe, Argentina, USA.

Linda a Velha Primary School

The CVDB arquitectos  studio is made up also of young  architects: Tiago Santos, Joao Falcao, Joana Barrelas, Hugo Nascimento, Rodolfo Reis, Angelo Branquinho, Laura Palma, Dopazo Ariadna Nieto and Miguel Martinez Traves.


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.

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