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    — Baltar School

    Located in the centre of a school and sports complex, this building stands out from the other school centres, as it hosts a wider programme, directed towards the 2nd and 3rd cycle of basic education. This exposed concrete building with occasional openings is guided by a language that is both sober and contemporary, with clear and objective lines, purified of accessory elements, in which the careful relationship between full and empty translates into a purity of composition and a harmonious symbiosis between the parts and the whole.

    Located to the north, the main access leads us to the atrium of the building from which one accesses the central corridor which distributes clearly to the different spaces. Of generous proportions, this corridor proves to be a meeting and living space, as well as fulfilling its main function as an element of circulation.

    In the volumes associated to the south with the corridor are the classrooms, and to the north the laboratories. At the ends of this axis of distribution are the areas of exception: at one end is the covered outdoor playground, at the other end is the sports complex and the social and convivial areas.

    It is intended that the spaces have some autonomy, thus allowing their occupation for different uses, meeting the needs of the school over time, giving it some flexibility and offering this building to the community for diverse and necessary uses.

    Baltar, Paredes


    Câmara Municipal de Paredes

    Architecture’s Coordination
    Nuno Lacerda Lopes

    Architecture Colaborations
    CNLL | Márcia Areal, Vanessa Tavares, Natália Rocha, Nuna Castro, Hélder Lopes

    OHM-E | P2E

    Gross Building Area
    10.261 m2

    3D Simulations


    Nelson Garrido


    Under construction gallery

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