Escola Secundária Passos Manuel, Lisboa, Portugal
Exemplary design categories: cultural and historical value, science laboratories, seismic strengthening, technology richHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
Over its 100 year history the school has remained largely unchanged, accommodating all the changes in educational practice that took place in the twentieth century. Now a listed building, the task facing the team renovating the school was to introduce 21st century learning environments while preserving the architectural heritage. They also had a further challenge: the renovation was to take place while the school was in use. The main building was reorganised during a series of discrete interventions. Rather than removing the old elements, an effort was made to restore, renovate and structurally reinforce them. New infrastructure and IT networks were integrated into the structure using non-intrusive methods. Work was undertaken to ensure that the building complied with current environmental quality and energy efficiency standards. This included introducing new renewable energy sources (solar and photovoltaic panels) to ensure thermal and acoustic comfort and energy self-sufficiency. The renovated school now fully complies with recent legislation for buildings regarding thermal performance, energy and acclimatisation systems, and noise and energy performance. New laboratories and a canteen have been created in the basement levels. The canteen opens out onto a new patio at the southern end of the school. This is at a lower level than the surrounding ground, and therefore does not visually intrude on the historic façades. The sports facilities have been substantially enhanced as two gymnasiums have been built below the level of what used to be the playing field. A new outdoor sports court has been installed on the roof of this new structure. Although the historic laboratories and library have been fully restored to preserve evidence of the school’s educational heritage, a new resource centre has been built. It is fully equipped with areas for study and for consulting information and space for exhibiting school collections.
Activity Areas: restaurant and social areas, classrooms, science and technology labs, art classrooms, library, learning resource centre and 2 auditoriums
Project costs: EUR 22,000,000.00
Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"