Photographer Joao Morgado, sent us a project, a private college, he photographed in Portugal completed by OVAL – Avelino Oliveira. Situated in the municipality of Porto, College Cebes is a new and dynamic private secondary school. Boasting a modern contemporary design and residential architecture characteristics, the fresh structure was designed to blend with the surrounding environment and the architectural style of the single-family luxury homes located nearby. Here’s what the architects responsible with the project have to say about their project and its connection with the neighbourhood’s identity: “We maintain very distinctive identity on Avenue Marechal Gomes da Costa (the surrounding characterised by this avenue, with an urban character of low density allows easy access to major highways and ensures stability of the building pattern of the area), and created a proposal for a volume that integrates elements of popular architecture.
Comprising a cafeteria, kitchen, staff room, waiting room, facilities for staff, students and teachers in the basement, five classrooms and toilets at the ground floor and a series of other five classrooms on the first floor, the college provides enough space for educational activities. Inside, the dominant colour is white, enhancing the feeling of space. Windows are large allowing the natural sunlight to flood the interior. Several areas of study, libraries or multipurpose rooms, as well as shower facilities are also integrated in the new college plan.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.