Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Secondary School

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Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Secondary School
Lisbon-based Sousasantos arquitectos has completed the 'Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Secondary School', located in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. the building is rooted in the slope between the two sports fields of the school. The structures are connected with a bridge that is open to the elements which curves and mimics the topography of the site. An angled exterior pattern of trapezoids and triangles along the platform, south edifice and roof surface of the institution creates a rhythmic language which is modeled after the vertical and horizontal architectural facades.

The public program is located at the south end of the complex, it consists of the library and amphitheater to enhance the relationship of the campus with the urban fabric of the city. The upper level of this building is constructed with thin metallic columns that create a matrix in the learning hall. The pillars reach upwards to the ceiling creating a skylight and architectural paradox where the support of the beams appear to be finished in the sky. The open space promotes areas of informal consultation, reading and documentation defined with the wall surfaces covered in shelves and counters positioned throughout the middle of the room.


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