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Bilíngue Pueri Domus School in São Paulo
13 Jan 2021
Bilíngue Pueri Domus School
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Globally recognized for its multidisciplinary expertise, including educational projects, global architecture and design studio Perkins&Will created the new unit for the traditional Brazilian school Pueri Domus, in the Perdizes neighborhood, in São Paulo. The school was conceived to meet the contemporary teaching and learning needs.
Technological evolution and unlimited access to real time information have changed the way we consume content, especially in the younger generations. The transformation has also created new needs for teaching and learning spaces. “Schools of the future have to stimulate creativity and interaction. Our project reaches this goal through spaces that promote well-being in a welcoming environment, as they also exercise focus”, explains architect Douglas Tolaine, Design Principal in Perkins&Will’s São Paulo studio.
The edifice is formed by two “wings”, connected by a translucent dome that covers bleachers where students,
teachers and parents are received. It is the heart of the project, where everything happens. In here people meet, interact, trade experiences and knowledge and even study or play between class breaks”, states Douglas.
The dome also allows natural lighting to infiltrate the building and the view from the street while also securing privacy and protecting the indoors of insulation. “It creates a welcoming, pleasant ambient”, says Tolaine. “By nighttime, it transforms into a illuminated dome, standing out in the region”.
Classrooms in Pueri Domus Perdizes have transparent glass partitions. “The idea is to make the students
comfortable with the external circulation during classes. It is a strategy to make them practice focus in a scenario where distraction is everywhere, with electronic devices and social media”, affirms Douglas. The design also counts with niches where students can focus in individual studies during class breaks.
Elementary to stimulate creativity, focus and relationships, well-being is the key in the project, that uses Biophilic Design to provide an even more efficient and interesting learning experience.
The school has a pocket forest, created by landscaping firm Cardim Arquitetura Paisagística”, that counts with native species from the Atlantic Forest, “The greenery aims to improve thermal conditions while also working as an outdoor classroom, promoting direct and real connection with nature”, explains Douglas. The forest also enhances the surroundings, extending the well-being experience to the school’s neighbors.
The school was designed and built in record time: 11 months. The mission was accomplished thanks to the use of
metallic structure, which not only allowed faster and cleaner construction, but also creating larger spans, favoring
natural lighting and ventilation. The wooded brise-soleis also collaborate with this feature while giving the façade a
modern visual, making the edifice stand out in the region.
Perkins&Will, an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm, was founded in 1935 on the belief
that design has the power to transform lives. Guided by its core values—design excellence, diversity and inclusion,
research, resilience, social purpose, sustainability, and well-being—the firm is committed to designing a better,
more beautiful world.
Fast Company named Perkins&Will one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Architecture, and industry
rankings consistently place Perkins&Will among the world’s top design practices.
With an international team of more than 2,000 professionals, the firm has over 20 studios worldwide, providing
integrated services in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, and landscape
Partners include Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen; retail strategy and design consultancy Portland;
sustainable transportation planning consultancy Nelson\Nygaard; and luxury hospitality design firm Pierre-Yves
Photos: Rafaela Netto and Renato Navarro
Bilíngue Pueri Domus School in São Paulo, Brazil images / information received 130121
Location: São Paulo, Brazil, South America
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