Caneças High School in Portugal by Arx Arquitectos

A dual interpretation of the concept of learning

by Malcolm Clark
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The work of ARX Portugal Arquitectos comes within an existing school complex located near Caneças, in the outskirts of the Portuguese town of Odivelas, a territory characterized by obvious discontinuity. The project proposal for the Caneças High School was structured from the beginning according to a dual interpretation of the concept of education.

This dual interpretation results in a work built through two different approaches which communicate with each other.

The rigid nature of the existing blocks, which contain classrooms and have been designed as a “Lecorbuserian” 'learning machine', opposes to the more informal and flexible character of the new creations, which include the public spaces.

All the spaces maintain a vocation to the didactic function, each depending on the function that it was assigned, thanks to fluid organization of space that exudes an attitude to learning and creativity.

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    Caneças High School 19

    Caneças High School

    Caneças / Portugal