CVDB Arquitectos recently renovated the Braamcamp Freire Secondary School in Portugal as part of the national 'Modernization of Secondary Schools Programme'. Expanding the original 1986 design, the school comprises several pavilions, which have been integrated through walkways that also work as new social spaces. Constructed with prefabricated concrete, the additions minimize maintenance costs while bringing color to the education experience.
Located at the edge of the historical center of Pontinha, Lisbon, the school spans 185,000 square feet. It is comprised of five concrete pavilions turned into one, allowing natural daylight to enter all the different spaces. The modern rehabilitation updated and articulated a variety functional areas, including a gym and outdoor playground.
The new design provides plenty of cool, informal study and socializing areas. Splashes of color contrast with the grey prefabricated concrete structure, highlighting stairs, windows and desks. The beautiful renovation brings color to the learning context.
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