The current São Lourenço Secondary School building is made up of four blocks: the main block (four storeys); the gymnasium/canteen block; the workshop block; and the former amphitheatre blocks. Two of the blocks are the result of the new intervention: one for the library and one for the canteen and snack bar.
The library can be accessed directly from the school’s main entrance, having a centrality that is heightened by its location in the centre of an open space that was formerly used as a games field and now is a green space that provides an environment that stimulates reflection and study. The canteen/snack bar body opens up to the garden space to the west, reinforcing the link between the main bodies and the workshop body and providing internal access to the new games field.
The school opens itself up to the open space, creating permeability between the interior and exterior spaces and extending its use to the whole site without creating a hierarchy.
The intervention on the existing buildings sought to respect the structure and original materials.
ESCOLA SECUNDÁRIA DE S. LOURENÇO
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