Infantário de Bicesse, Alcabideche, Portugal
Exemplary design categories: access, outdoor spacesHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
In this spacious, airy and bright school, the well-being and psychological evolution of its young users are a priority. The design incorporates references from their imaginary world. The building was designed using pure and regular volumes and shapes, opaque or transparent, with some cylindrical skylights cutting through the ceiling. Activity and other functional rooms are arranged in three main Lego-like sections along a corridor, which symbolise the children’s progression from the protected nursery area to the kindergarten and finally to the activity room for primary students. A lawn playground includes wooden equipment, garden games and a teaching garden, and a paved recreation includes a water mirror with a slate fountain. The translucent glass administrative and service areas, located next to the corridor, are the main source of light to the interior during the day and illuminate as a huge box of light to the exterior at night.
Activity Areas: 5 activity rooms, gymnasium, library, hall, medical office, boardroom, secretary and office management, kitchen, laundry, dining room for adults, lawn playground, paved recreation area
Project costs: EUR 2,000,000.00
Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011" (OECD, 2011)