Caldas das Taipas High School
Parque Escolar EPE
Arqt.º Pedro Mendo
14649,00 m 2
As part of the 2nd Phase of the Secondary Schools Scholarly Park Modernization Program, the afaconsult joined the designer's team of architect Pedro Mendo in the Caldas das Taipas Secondary School project. The enclosed space currently comprises 4 pavilions for classrooms, 1 for the canteen and 1 for gymnastics. The intervention of the team passes through the rehabilitation of the classrooms pavilion, the demolition of 2 pavilions, construction of new buildings and the treatment of outdoor spaces.
The interdisciplinary design process was developed together with the architecture in order to maximize the increment for the overall solution. Thus, there were adopted materials and constructive methods to ensure high standards of quality and durability over the life useful time of the building, with low maintenance.
In all solutions there was an ongoing concern in the rationalization, which is exemplified by the use of metal support structures in the façade of the existing buildings, creating a “buckram” to the masonry outer wall - creating a surrounding peripheral area to be used by the technical infrastructures.
All the specialties solutions developed took into account the sustainability of buildings and the environment preservation, for example the adoption of two distinct types of water supply systems (with reuse of rainwater) as well as the implementation of a basins infiltration system that allows the infiltration of precipitated water from the roof to the ground.