Maria Helena School – K Architects

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Helena Maria’s Garden is a public school in Sao Paulo, located in the rural area of ??Barueri, a city within the greater Sao Paulo metropolitan area. It provides elementary education, middle and high about 525 students. The lot of 2.41 acres where the school is a plain surrounded by hills covered by forest.

Taking into account these two characteristics – the nature that surrounds it and the site plan – the project is set based on two parallel bodies of two stories, built around the ground longitudinally with a large central void.

Each volume contains 15 classrooms, a conference room, a multimedia screening room, a multipurpose room and other rooms for the school program. Upstairs, the corridors were arranged toward the outside, protecting the floor from the sun and rain.

The courtyard and the sports fields are covered in this central space between the two buildings, with double height ceiling. This space can also be used by the local population when school is not operating, especially on weekends.

Some of the most striking features of this project are the bridge that connects the two buildings on the upper floors, plus the stairs and a ramp to sit facing each other and facilitate access from the courtyard and the courts to the plant superior.

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The construction is precast concrete and concrete blocks. These were arranged in two ways: in a conventional manner, with plaster painted red – as seen in the north and south exterior walls – and internal walls, painted yellow in a horizontal position, as a brise-soleil on the ground floor.

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