STM School of Technology and Management

Beja / Portugal / 2013

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The School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Beja is a building of about 11600- sqm of construction area, set in a rectangular frame of 90x80 m2. The building was conceptually divided into five blocks from A to E. The block A is the most impressive - a continuous pre-stressed concrete structure of 80,90m length. Its main characteristic is a unique portal frame with 50,80m span floating above school’s main entrance. This portal frame consists of two columns, which are the circulation shafts, and a horizontal member containing two auditoriums for theory classes and an exhibition room at the center. That horizontal member of the portal frame consists of two longitudinal pre-stressed concrete box type beams overpassing the big span. These two beams, with different heights because of the configuration of the auditoriums, are the support of the roof and bottom slab of the auditoriums, at top and bottom flange level. The higher beam, located at the bottom end of the auditoriums has 7,82 m height and lodges the corridor for the room’s access, and the other beam, at the upper end of the auditoriums, has a medium height of 3,50m. In an article published in the New Yorker Design Magazine, CC Sullivan wrote: "Montenegro's architecture it's a bit surrealist, perhaps Giorgio de Chirico with a dash of M.C. Escher (...) concluding "the building never fails to create opportunities for reflection. The theatricality and grandeur are unmatched (...)"

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A Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão (ESTIG) do Instituto Politécnico de Beja, é um edifício com cerca de 11600 m2 de área de construção, inserido numa área rectangular com 90x80m2. Este edifício foi dividido em 5 blocos independentes, denominados corpos A a E. Destes edifícios destaca-se o corpo A. O Corpo A é um bloco com uma estrutura contínua de 80,90 m de comprimento, em betão armado pré-esforçado e a sua principal característica é ser realizada com um único pórtico com vão livre de 50,70 m sobre a entrada da escola. Este pórtico é materializado pelos núcleos de acessos verticais e circulações adjacentes que constituem os montantes nos topos e uma travessa que aloja no seu interior dois auditórios para aulas teóricas e um espaço central para exposições. A travessa do pórtico, em betão armado pré-esforçado, é materializada por duas vigas caixão que vencem o grande vão. Estas duas vigas, com alturas diferentes decorrentes da secção transversal dos auditórios que incorporam, suportam as lajes de cobertura e de fundo dos auditórios ao nível dos banzos superior e inferior. A viga maior, localizada no extremo inferior do auditório tem 7,82m de altura, sendo o seu interior utilizado como corredor de acesso às salas, e a viga menor, localizada no extremo mais elevado do auditório, tem altura média de 3,50m. Num artigo publicado na mítica revista Interior Design Magazine, CC Sullivan escreveu: "Montenegro's architecture it's a bit surrealist, perhaps Giorgio de Chirico with a dash of M.C. Escher (...) concluding "the building never fails to create opportunities for reflection. The theatricality and grandeur are unmatched (...)"

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    The School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Beja is a building of about 11600- sqm of construction area, set in a rectangular frame of 90x80 m2. The building was conceptually divided into five blocks from A to E. The block A is the most impressive - a continuous pre-stressed concrete structure of 80,90m length. Its main characteristic is a unique portal frame with 50,80m span floating above school’s main entrance. This portal frame consists of two columns,...

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