Porto School of Architecture

June 15, 2009

Architect: Alvaro Siza

Date: 1987-1994

Location: Porto, Portugal

This small school is situated on a hillside in Porto.  The school centers around a triangular plaza.

Porto School of Architecture

Porto School of Architecture

Porto School of Architecture Overview

Porto School of Architecture from above

The main building is the administration and library.  This building is the largest on campus and sits at the back of the lot.

Administration Building

Administration Building

Entry to Administration Building

Entry to Administration Building

One of the most interesting parts is how the building used ramps to get you up the two levels from the plaza to the library entry.  The most interesting ramp is one that wraps around a presentation space.

Ramp in administration building

Ramp in administration building

The main buildings are set in a row at the front of the property and provide the location for classes.

Main Class Buildings

Main Class Buildings

On interesting feature about this entire complex is that there is a series of connecting corridors between all the buildings.

Connecting Hallway

Connecting Hallway

Siza is know for his details and it was in this hallway that we saw one of the best on this project.  Under a stair from the courtyard down to street level he carved out a nook that would normally have been left covered.

Stair Detail

Stair Detail

This school was very interesting to see because every part of the campus was designed by one architect.

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