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.