between different Architectonic Substances, Plastic Concept and Urban
most difficult requirement in this program was the resolution of the
environmental interference of the new car flyover, its nearness and the
shortage of ground for this requirement.
space under the flyover between the new building and the old building was
planned as a construction free breathing space which only vocation is to
produce a landscaping set for the new building, old building, connecting
glazed corridor, and to the urban space itself. For that the opposing
building elevations became part of the set. For safety reasons there is no
use of this space as playground.
a strategy for the dialogue between new and old construction it was
proposed that the new construction should present the frame work for the
existing Art Deco building, developing its own character rather expressing
the extension or a concurrence to the existing building.
new construction, on the surroundings of the existing building, display
flat surfaces in simple and exact geometric relations, in a rather obvious
‘Neo Plastic’ way, that develop an abstract dialogue in a more neutral
sense (though meant to be effective) of scale and language. Only in other
parts of the compound the new architecture produces a more autonomous
language of its own. The reason for that was also that the orientation to
the old building is in the site more disturbing, in urban and
environmental terms, to the functions held in the new building.
shaping of a program for a kindergarten could not be indifferent to the
possibility of supplying other plastic signs to the space rather than only
the functional utility expected. In a kindergarten is where children first
autonomous experiences in space take place and the surrounding
architecture could provide the experience and development of a spacial
lexicon in the same ludic way as most learning awareness takes place at
this children age. In this way the space provides clearly identified
relations of high/low, long/short, flat/curved, horizontal/inclined
continuos/bent, bright/dark, warm/cold, filled/empty, interior/exterior,
old/new, figurative object/ abstract shape, and colour, all as part of a
three dimensional awareness of space and its vocabulary.
playground is the place of the objects. The origami that children make at
the scale of their hands (birds and dragons), are here reproduced in a
living scale as part of the fun of the playground.
nova construção, constituída por 5 pisos, A ocupada pelas novas salas
de actividade do Jardim de Infância nos pisos 0 e 1, num total de 12 em
cerca de 1700 m2, e dispõe ainda de 2 pisos amplos, pisos 2 e 3,
destinados aos Serviços Pedagógicos da Direcção de Serviços de Educação
e Juventude, num total de cerca de 1560 m2. Existe ainda uma Área de
Reserva em cave com cerca de 730 m2. A área global de construção útil
é de cerca de 4000 m2.