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.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city