How can modular construction help complementing an International School program when you have little space and controlled costs? An orchard was changed and interconnected, helping to create the most conducive learning environment in these modular classrooms.
overview of the project ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
The intervention at the International School of Palmela’s orchard intended to complement the existing facilities throughout a new area of support rooms (with controlled costs) implemented in an area of the existing orchard.
view of the new classroom from the playground ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
interconnected modular classrooms ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
Given these constraints, the program was approached through modular construction, creating four modules with a contemporary interpretation, exploring the possibilities of modular wooden construction and its spatial versatility. Three different room modules and one for sanitary facilities were proposed, placed throughout the orchard in a total of eight modules.
views of the facades ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
details of the facades ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
Its implantation was carefully studied to cut down the minimum number of trees, as these are an integral part of the project’s global image. The modules are harmoniously distributed throughout the orchard and interconnected by a deck path that branches to the different rooms.
trees as an integral part of the project ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
interlaced paths along the modules ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
details ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
In terms of materiality, the exterior of the modules uses horizontal slats in varnished wood and black Viroc with a natural finish, with the detail that the slats are composed of two different dimensions, giving the elevation of the modules an appealing rhythmic image.
entrance of the classroom module ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
window of the classroom ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
The interior of the modules is composed of pine flooring and walls lined with chipboard coated with white HPL up to the height of the spans – allowing it to be used as a writing board for students to enjoy -, the remaining wall is lined with a triple-pane spruce wood panel, also lining the ceiling, with the apparent wooden beams.
interior view ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
chipboard used as a writing board for students ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
In the sanitary installation module, the HPL-coated chipboard panel is replaced by ceramic 15x15cm, in matte white color with colored gasket (blue color in the male toilet installation and yellow in the female toilet installation). It’s a phased project, with only three modules built so far.
the sanitary installation module ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
different colors for male and female ©Sérgio Garcês Marques
plan © Estúdio AMATAM
elevations © Estúdio AMATAM
section © Estúdio AMATAM
Project name: Study Rooms of the International School of Palmela
Office: Estúdio AMATAM
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Design year: 2018
Leader designers and team: Manuela Tamborino, João Amaral and Rui Cardoso
Project location: Palmela, Portugal
Gross Built Area: 186 m²
Photography credits: Sérgio Garcês Marques
Photographer’s website: www.invisiblegentleman.com
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Photographer’s Instagram: @gar.ces_
Client: International School of Palmela
Brands/Products used: Investwood, SA – Black Viroc
Cinca – Ceramics
Banema – Accoya wood