Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Escolas d’Óbidos, Complexo Escolar dos Arcos, Óbidos, Portugal

Exemplary design categories: art and design facilities, community use and involvement, science laboratories, sporting facilities, technology rich

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The local authority which commissioned this complex wanted structures that embodied the concept of an “open school”, hence the use of clean lines and pure white façades for the low-rise structures. The complex has two distinct areas: one social and the other pedagogical. The gymnasium, kitchen and cafeteria occupy one wing of the complex. This wing is located near the main entrance and can be accessed from further entrances in the grounds. This area is separate from the classrooms and the facilities can be easily used by the local community. The school is designed to deliver a modern curriculum and to exploit new educational technologies. Each classrooms has wireless internet access and is equipped with interactive tables and laptops.

Involvement of users and the local community in the planning and design process:
The Óbidos Council, local authorities and teachers have been closely involved from the initial conception of the project. Their ideas were discussed with the design team and subsequently presented to the public in two conferencesas set designs and models.

Activity Areas: lobby, administration, dining area, cafeteria, gymnasium, activity spaces, 16 classrooms; library and multimedia room, science laboratory, music room, courtyard

Project costs: EUR 3,600,000.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011" (OECD, 2011)

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Arcos Complex, layouts (Registration required)
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