School of Technology and Management by Montenegro Architects

School of Technology and Management

The School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Beja is a building of about 11600- sqm of construction area, set in a rectangular frame of 90×80 m2.
School of Technology and ManagementThe project started in 2003 and finished in 2013. The School is located in the Campus of the Polytechnic Institute of Beja, in Portugal.
School of Technology and ManagementThe portico, over 50 meters long, was built using advanced prestressing techniques applied to reinforced concrete structure. The building was conceptually divided into five blocks from A to E.
School of Technology and ManagementThe block A is the most impressive – a continuous pre-stressed concrete structure of 80,90m length. Its main characteristic is a unique portal frame with 50,80m span floating above school’s main entrance.
School of Technology and ManagementThe structure arises from the combination of the two programmatic requirements. The need to create a corporate iconic image, and the inclusion of a set of amphitheatres. The result is achieved in one of the largest existing concrete porticos.
School of Technology and ManagementIn an article published in the New Yorker Design Magazine, CC Sullivan wrote: “Montenegro’s architecture it’s a bit surrealist, perhaps Giorgio de Chirico with a dash of M.C. Escher (…) concluding “the building never fails to create opportunities for reflection. The theatricality and grandeur are unmatched (…)”
School of Technology and ManagementThis portal frame consists of two columns, which are the circulation shafts, and a horizontal member containing two auditoriums for theory classes and an exhibition room at the center. That horizontal member of the portal frame consists of two longitudinal pre-stressed concrete box type beams overpassing the big span.
School-of-Technology-and-Management-by-Montenegro-Architects-08These two beams, with different heights because of the configuration of the auditoriums, are the support of the roof and bottom slab of the auditoriums, at top and bottom flange level.
School of Technology and ManagementThe higher beam, located at the bottom end of the auditoriums has 7,82 m height and lodges the corridor for the room’s access, and the other beam, at the upper end of the auditoriums, has a medium height of 3,50m.
School of Technology and ManagementLocation: Beja, Portugal
Architects: Montenegro Architects
Architect In Charge: Nuno Montenegro
Project Team: Carla Cameira, Susana Ataíde, Rute Ribeiro, Pedro Carvalho e Mariana Medeiros
Structure: TPF PLANEGE SA
Area: 11,600 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: FG+SG Architectural Photography
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