PaRK International School Alfragide
Multifunctional spaces that are open to the community
On an extensive and steeply sloping development site, the new school complex is characterised by the occupation of various structures along the platforms/terraces that were created as a strategy for dominating the terrain. The plan includes all the pedagogic stages, based around four nuclei: pre-school, primary school, secondary school and a pavilion and outside areas for sports. The proposal follows a school paradigm which succeeds in combining Portuguese legislation with international guiding principles, as is the case of the Cambridge method. The geometry of the complex provides informal meeting spaces and offers ample access to outdoor areas.
Indoor conditions are fundamental to successful learning. Aspects such as daylighting, glare control, indoor air quality and acoustic comfort were thoroughly assessed and measures proposed to improve the quality of the indoor and outdoor spaces. Particular focus was placed on using materials with low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for teaching rooms, ensuring good air quality levels.