E-learning and Sports Facilities for UP
Reitoria da Universidade do Porto
Nuno Brandão Costa, Arquitecto Unipessoal, Lda
1550,00 m 2
The building was projected for the Campo Alegre Campus of the University of Oporto, with the main skills in a single floor (having the technical and support areas in the basement) for the practice of gymnastics and e-learning.
In architectonical terms the building is characterised by the great purity of the forms, with the creation of an artificial terrace in the landscape, inserted in the slope and being projected a roof garden with only two visible elevations.
These elevations are entirely made of glass and the shadow is guaranteed by a bressummer in the main façade, facing south for the Douro river.
The afassociados cooperated intimately with the Architecture defining the integrate solutions to reach a more global and efficient solution.
In structural terms, the optimizations that were made lead to the use of reinforced concrete as basis material, with a bulky slab of a very robust roof capable of supporting the great emptiness between the supports and the land weight supported in pillar, inside walls of reinforced concrete and integrated metallic beams in the glass façade; in the inserted slope it was planned a land contention wall (made with the resource of a temporary contention in the ground that allows the vertical excavation).
In this solution, a particular care was applied in the control of immediately and deferred deformations and there is a coherent integration of technical installations – with the creation of small galleries – under the ground pavement (enabling a bigger freedom to the roof level), and in the back of the contention wall (near the top).