Mouriz School Center is a two-storey school center, including a kindergarten and an elementary school located in Mouriz, Paredes, north Portugal. It was conceived to comply with a functional program based on the needs of a fifteen classrooms’ school center: managing flows and creating different levels of use due to different levels of autonomy within the school center – kindergarten and elementary school; common areas and sports area; linking the dynamics of each space; ranking uses and users; sharing pathways and functions.
Formally the school was defined as a longitudinal volume. The longitudinal facades are surfaces mainly sealed, only punctuated by the repetition of the same vertical opening in an apparently randomness, which at a deeper look demonstrates a careful composition instead. In opposition to the mainly enclosureness of the school’s main facades, both top facades open to the surroundings through large glazed openings, polarizing the school’s longitudinality.
This school centre is a spatial solution with a strong sense of integration. It transmits an aesthetic sense of global connection and care given by the drawing composition, though printing simultaneously a contemporary expression.