Joaquim Carvalho High School



Reuse requires the reading of what the  history is leaving, and that has to be done each time in shorter time intervals, recognize a structure reinventing a way to inhabit it, reveal its qualities, understand its purpose and decide how to transform.


Adaptation of the school program at today's education requirements. the fundamental themes are: the school opened to the community, the school as a space of freedom for children.


A building constructed in 1969, in good condition. A school that always occupied the space with great intelligence and care.


Decide what to amputate in a body that apparently works, but that does not resist the introduction of the new program.

Subtract: ancillary buildings, the central body of the school and digging up a patio.


Add a new body to reconnect the existing constructions, three cores that solve accesses and technical areas.


Reuse the original buildings recovering systems and constructive materials

Draw the new buildings as pieces of the outer voids.

Clarify the circulations.

Expand the possibilities of relationship with the outside world.

Introducing comfort.


Inês Lobo with João Rosário, João Vaz, Gilberto Reis, Júlia Varela, Filipe Soares, Sérgio Silva, Sérgio Pereira, Henrieta Selcová, Vasco Lopes,, Job Morais, Pedro Coelho, Rafael Marques e Sónia Ribeiro

Structures: ADF Engenheiros Consultores; Pedro Morujão

Hydraulic Installations: Fernanda Valente

Electrical Installations,Telecommunication and Security: GPIC Projectos Consultoria e Instalações; Fernando Aires, Alexandre Martins

Heating, Ventilation, Building Physics, Thermic and Acoustics: NaturalWorks; Guilherme Carrilho da Graça

Landscape Architecture: Global Arquitectura Paisagista Lda, João Gomes da Silva

Project Revision: Rui Prata Ribeiro Lda; Rui Prata Ribeiro, Paula Balseiro

Construction Company: Casais

Photographer: Leonardo Finotti

Figueira da Foz, PT . 2008-2011

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Nomination for the Secil 2012 Prize