This Lisbon School Has Circular Holes Connecting Playgrounds On Two Levels ♦ The Portuguese studio Site Specific Arquitectura has renovated a 1950s school in Lisbon and added a dual-level extension with round openings connecting its outdoor spaces. Join Secrets From Portugal and discover everything!
The primary school was originally built in 1956, on the border between the Casillas neighborhood and the Monsanto Forest Park, to service the newly constructed low-density housing scheme.
Site Specific Arquitectura was tasked with renovating the existing building and introducing facilities including a kindergarten and multipurpose learning spaces. The school occupies a hillside site that links the forest along its upper edge with a district of three-story apartment buildings further down. The main additions are accommodated below the original building and help connect it with the neighbourhood.
On the upper level, two new buildings are introduced on either side of the older structure. A library and administrative spaces are located to the west of the main entrance, with the multipurpose room and support areas to the east.
Site Specific Arquitectura‘s interventions are drawn using basic geometric forms that are distinctly contemporary in their expression, but also complement the older building’s more traditional design.
Primary school pupils using the improved spaces in the existing building also have direct access to a larger playground, as well as green spaces created on top of the kindergarten.
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