CNLL completes vibrant new school in Portugal
This school arises from an idea of scenery and, like a scenario, presents itself without rivaling with other complexities that time has created, without apparent logic but with a very present sense of life. It seems to recover the memories of the industrial buildings that populate this area and, above all, the memory we keep of this council of the northern of Portugal. With a linear design and a rigorous metric appearance, the building is set by the sinuous roof, whose movement on the façade creates an illusion of an apparent city skyline.
From the building, with a strong longitudinal form, two closed surfaces are highlighted, punctuated by the apparently disorganised repetition of the same window. And so, window frames dance along the side façades creating a vibrant rhythm that contrasts to the open ends, with large windows. Similarly the interior design results in regular and orthogonal spaces where the unleveled windows stand out, creating games of light and invigorating the spaces. The classroom, this way, gains a new dimension, no longer being an austere and inflexible space, and becoming a space of creativity and imagination, that is intended to be versatile and above all multipurpose.
The movement created by the roof extends to the interior, invading the spaces with its language materialised through different levels and very different ceiling heights, always resulting in diversified and distinctive spaces. Offering a singular language, that stands out from the scenery and other buildings, the intervention searches to harmonise the necessary aspects to conjugate the dynamics of each learning unit, allowing for a diverse spatial and educational experience, giving all the students the necessary tools for a good educational development. In that sense the space, architecture, also teaches us.