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São Bernardo Elementary School in Aveiro

14 Jul 2021

Architects: ARTE TECTóNiCA

Location: Aveiro, Portugal

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

São Bernardo Elementary School

The aim was to create a new project to replace 8 basic educational classrooms at São Bernardo School, in Aveiro, Portugal.

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

For about a decade, the school was housed in a prefabricated pavilion, now reused as a covered playground.

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

Located between the cafeteria and the gym, the available terrain was a longitudinally East/West rectangular shape.

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

The concept was a two volume/two floors building, with an independent entrance and roof covering, as Aveiro is one of the highest rainfall districts in Portugal. In addition to the 8 classrooms, the program also included a teachers’ lounge and a gym.

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

Juxtaposing “serviced spaces” with “servant spaces” (Op. Cit. Louis Kahn), the proposed concept was to consecrate the North exposure to the classrooms, and to distribute the “servant” spaces along the central corridor, big enough to have individualized student lockers.

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

This horizontal circulation longitudinal space is reproduced both in ground and first floor, with connection through a wide staircase, beginning in the two-story high, entrance hall.

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

The plan is approximately rectangular, “centre parting”, with classroom façade cutouts strictly exposed to geographic North, to receive the “perfect light”, without direct solar incidence. Exceptionally the covered entrance evades the East / West orthogonality, and aligns the walkway trough an 45º axis.

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

The four slopes articulated roof allows a two volumes silhouette, that conceals in the middle “valley” the HVAC equipment and the solar panels.

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

The white tile and walls option unifies by color the two volumes, the outer walkways in Thermoclear blue frames the white, adding to the opacity of the built mass the lightness of the translucent porches in sky blue.

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

São Bernardo Elementary School in Aveiro, Portugal – Building Information

Design: ARTE TECTóNiCA

Main Architect: Arquitecto João Cassiano Santos Website:
E-mail: geral@artetectonica.pt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artetectonica
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artetectonica/
Location: Aveiro, Portugal
Year of conclusion: 2020
Total area: 4375 sqm

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

São Bernardo Elementary School Aveiro

Architectural photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio
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Location: Aveiro, Portugal, south west Europe

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