Públia Hortênsia de Castro Secondary School, which was opened in 1981, has a pavilion-based layout and a technical vocation.
In addition to improving conditions of use, management and maintenance, the intervention reorganised the school’s overall space.
Two new volumes and three patios were added to the existing facilities, creating continuous circulation spaces with a view to defining a single-building configuration.
On the ground level are the library and work and break spaces for teachers. On the first floor are the multipurpose hall, theatre and music classrooms. Level 3 houses the laboratories and other classrooms.
The other wing is reserved for the school management/administration spaces, pupils’ association, school shop, canteen/snack bar, social spaces and vocational training spaces. The upper floors house normal classrooms, art classrooms and teaching spaces for 2nd cycle education.
A new extension linking theses blocks with the multipurpose sports facility houses the gym, workshops, changing/shower rooms and support spaces.
The exterior spaces and grounds were redesigned to increase the covered recreation space as well as the permeable and tree-covered surface area.