The intervention project in Ferreira de Castro Secondary School was aimed at eliminating the existing gallery-based design solution, replacing it with the construction of a single building over two storeys.
The main building is characterised by creation of two large volumes built around patios interlinked by a double-height entrance space, which constitutes the great symmetric axis of built complex, beginning at the entrance gateway and ending next to the sports fields.
On the ground level of this body one finds spaces that are more associated with use by the public, allowing, in some cases, for their use outside normal school hours, as is the case for the multipurpose hall, library and the New Opportunities Centre. This level also houses the administrative offices, spaces for attendance to parents and guardians and the parents association, the pupils’ social spaces, canteen, snack bar, multipurpose hall, school shop and a number of dedicated classrooms for the arts, music and ICT. On the upper floor are the laboratories and normal classrooms.
The gym/sports pavilion was renovated and the school grounds were redesigned to improve accessibility.