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Students Residence Building III of Polo II of Coimbra University
Universidade de Coimbra
Serôdio, Furtado & Associados, Arquitectos Lda
12562,00 m 2
The Student Residential Building III of the University of Coimbra has an implementation area of 89m x 28m. This Student Residential Building is characterized by the involvement and execution of concrete in site and its significant cantilevers, in the shorter sides of the façades. The northern elevation is composed by 5 floors and roofing, and the southern elevation consists of 3 floors and roofing.
In the project, two spaces are defined which form a structural unity but have a different shape. One volume with 89m x 11m in subterranean levels, according to the plan, it increases in the elevated floors to 108m x 14m with consoles in the western, northern and southern elevations. Another volume (geared towards the eastern elevation) has a trapezoidal form in plan, with 20m in the northern elevations and 14m in the southern elevation, with 2 basements, one destined to parking and the other as a residence floor. The height of this volume from the ground is of approximately 9.5 metres.
The structural solution adopted for the western volume is characterized by a seven floor block, with the involving concrete in site with an irregular opening disposition. This façade undertakes the structural function of establishing the support of the slabs of the various floors in the periphery of the block and of fastening the consoles of both northern and southern elevations, transmitting the work to the existing transversal walls in the lateral alignment of the stairs and elevator pits adjacent to the consoles.
The most interesting aspects of the project were due to the inter-connectiveness of the concrete structure, with the architecture, and the compatibility of the various areas of expertise, that demanded and extreme detailed and rigorous coordination. The total length of the building, excluding the expansion joint, with the objective of avoiding the breaking of continuity of the principle façades that support the cantilever on top, the duplication of vertical elements and the visual impact of the joints on the façade of the concrete, demands the inclusion in the calculation the various thermal variations and the differed effects of the reinforced concrete.