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.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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