Garcia D’Orta Secondary School – Bak Gordon – Portugal
Location: Boavista, Porto
Design phase: 04.2008
Constrution phase: 2010-2011
Client: Parque Escolar EPE
Architect: Ricardo Bak Gordon
Collaborators: Luís Pedro Pinto, Nuno Velhinho, Pedro Serrazina, Sonia Silva, Vera Higino, Walter Perdigão
Engineering consultants: Estruturas BETAR, Infraestruturas RGA / BETAR, Paisagismo FCAP
General contractor: Cantinhos / ACF
Site area: 26.250 m2
Built area: 3280 m2
Cost: 11 M.€
The modernization project of the School Garcia de Orta, based on the construction of a new building, whose location, program and relationship with the existing built and empty spaces, can set a new centrality in the plot, providing the school new program areas essential to the new times.
This building, placed longitudinally in relation to school grounds, and an intermediate elevation view of the morphology of the terrain, allows the creation of a covered outdoor plaza that will serve as the epicenter of the whole school life, and supports two built spaces where we find the library, auditorium, bar / cafeteria, laboratories as well as other support equipment.