Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

Escola Secundária Rainha Dona Leonor, Lisbon, Portugal

The aim of the project was to renovate and update the rundown original school building and to build new facilties. The modernisation respects the original architectural language, keeping the existing gymnasium, classrooms, laboratories and administration areas. Moving along the street pavement and up to the interior of the playground, the original building still provides an important connection between the city and the school. However, the original facilities all required significant structural and design interventions in order to comply with regulations concerning seismic reinforcement, thermal behaviour, accessibility and safety.

The new building contains a library, multipurpose hall and covered sports field, which changes the connectivity between the different parts of the school. Resting on columns, the new block defines a large covered square at the entrance, which acts as a reception area and connects to the new distribution atrium. The atrium has a ceiling spanning 4 floors. It is intercepted by aerial circulation galleries.

The sports facilities and multipurpose hall are open after school hours.

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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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