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Avenues São Paulo: The World School
Contemporary Educational institution in SP, Brasil design by aflalo/gasperini arquitetos
1 July + 29 June 2019
Avenues São Paulo: The World School Building
Architects: aflalo/gasperini arquitetos
Location: Cidade Jardim, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, South America
Avenues São Paulo: The World School
Aflalo/gasperini Arquitetos Designs Avenues School’s Second Unit In The World, The First In Brazil
São Paulo, June 2019 – Architecture firm aflalo/gasperini signs the new design of international school Avenues: The World School, at a quiet and tree-lined area in the Cidade Jardim neighborhood, in São Paulo.
The São Paulo unit, opened in August, is the second in the world, made of sustainable, pleasant environments that boost students’ creativity.
Internal photos: Ana Mello
The challenge of this design was to turn the existing structure of an office building into a school with a diverse, dynamic and interconnected program.
The architectural solution was retrofitting the building, distributing the different grades of primary and secondary schools along the floors.
Internal spaces were created to provide visualization and access to the different floors, driving communication and exchange between students of different ages.
A new adjacent building was created for complementary activities, with a theater, gymnasium, an indoors patio, outdoors sports courts and patios. This dialogue between the new and the existing provides greater proximity and integration between classroom floors and common areas.
The sequence of volumes at different heights creates easy access to open areas on multiple levels, strengthening the school’s indoors/outdoors relationships. The top floors of the Avenues São Paulo buildings – with sports courts and terraces – provide a magnificent view of the São Paulo skyline. “The idea of leisure areas on the top floors was to create a connection between the children and the city, so that contact with external areas is, at once, for leisure and learning,” explained José Luiz Lemos, managing partner at aflalo/gasperini.
On internal areas, the environments designed include an environmental quality, with indoor gardens, double-height ceilings, colors, and a playful interaction with architecture, giving the project a unique dynamic. Common and circulation areas are also used as learning spaces and for interdisciplinary projects, like the wooden stairs that are also used as bleachers.
At the coffee shops, we can see the building’s structure, designed to instigate and trigger children’s curiosity, just like every detail of the school, with its interior design by architecture firm DM/AM. “The landscaping, architecture and interior design works form an essential tripod for the school. They complement and frame each other, adding quality to the spaces,” added José Luiz, partner of aflalo/gasperini.
The facade highlights the contrast between the existing and the new constructions. In the classrooms, horizontal sun shades protect the building from direct sunlight, and internal light shelves potentiate natural light. In the common areas, perforated metal panels guarantee sun-shielding and the necessary natural ventilation, as well as uniform massing, adding a contemporary feel to the architecture.
Founded in 1962, aflalo/gasperini arquitetos combines tradition and innovation in the development of architecture solutions. In 55 years, the office has become renowned as one of the greatest in Brazil, having signed architecture landmarks like IBM’s headquarters, the Rochaverá Complex and the Federal Court of Accounts building in São Paulo (SP), Theater Claudio Santoro in Campos do Jordao (SP), the Ventura Towers (RJ) and the Peugeot Building in Buenos Aires. Aflalo/gasperini develops projects for different uses, including commercial, residential, hotel, educational and industrial, resulting from extensive research of materials and a complete analysis of the urbanistic plan.
The firm’s purpose is to create architecture that dialogues with the city and with people, constantly seeking to extend its knowledge. It is a versatile, contemporary firm that brings the triad – environment, quality of life and mobility – into every design.
From the design to the choice of materials to construction, the firm has more than 26 LEED-certified projects (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), one of the strictest environmental certifications in the world. Aflalo/gasperini was also a pioneer in the recovery of mixed-use complex’ model in São Paulo, with FL4300, a unique urbanistic project. Throughout these five decades, aflalo/gasperini has co-signed projects with some of the most important international firms, including American firms KPF, HKS, Benoy and Pelli Clarke Pelli, and Italian firm Fuksas.
It has also been recognized with projects published in international media outlets. The architecture firm was also featured on the book Sao Paolo, published by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, introducing the icons of São Paulo’s architecture.
ABOUT AVENUES: THE WORLD SCHOOL
Avenues: The World School is building a global school, with interconnected and interdependent campuses located in the world’s leading cities – from Nursery to the end of High School, with an emphasis on global readiness and second language proficiency. “A New School of Thought” translates Avenues’ mission, focused on graduating accomplished students – who are at ease beyond their borders – on sharing the school’s prosperity; providing faculty and staff an environment where they can thrive; and advancing education.
Avenues’ first campus opened in New York on September 2012, with an unprecedented demand of 750 students. Today, Avenues New York has more than 1,500 students, and the first class graduated in June 2016. With the support of important investors, the number of campuses will grow progressively in the coming years. Avenues is currently developing new units in China, Brazil, Europe and the United States.
The São Paulo unit, with an area of approximately 30,000 m2, will have 2,100 students, from Nursery to High School, and a team of 300 faculty and staff.
For more information, visit www.avenues.org/sp
Pictures: Ana Mello
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