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Honorable Mention award in national competition promoted by the Housing Development Company of the Federal District (CODHAB-DF), Brasília, Brazil.


Authors: Ana Luisa Rolim, Isabella Trindade, Robson Canuto e Rodrigo Malvim.

Collaborators: Eduarda Absalão e Rafaela Paes. Interns: Mateus Gibson e Natália Barretto.

The competition sought designs for an elementary school in Brasília, Brazil's capital, located on the city's outskirts near a new social housing development. Chosen from nearly 200 submissions, our proposal drew inspiration from the Aristotelian peripatetic teaching method, emphasizing outdoor learning experiences.


Approaching the site as a park, we envisioned the school building as a dynamic, walkable environment. Our design aimed to seamlessly blend interior and exterior spaces, fostering social interaction and creating an active landscape. The top floor featured a peripatoi, serving as a collective teaching and learning space, adaptable for classrooms as needed.


Despite stringent building codes and zoning regulations in Brasília, which prioritize modernist architectural aesthetics, our design combined elements of the modernist slab with traditional patio typologies. This hybrid approach allowed for improved ventilation, sunlight exposure, and spatial integration. The central courtyard, transformed into the school's focal point, featured an undulating topographic playscape and cylindrical learning spaces, enhancing the educational environment.

More details about the competition are featured on the Codhab web page.

Overall exterior view looking towards main access

Site plan diagram

Passive ventilation and sunlight were key design aspects

The program as displayed in the proposed slab + patio typology

Adaptability of proposal to a secondary plot was part of the competition briefing

Ground floor plan (0.0 and + 1.50m levels)

Longitudinal section

Main access on ground floor

Ground floor ramp enclosure with vegetable garden within

Floor plan at +3.00m level

Cross section

4-6 years old classroom type

Floor plan at top level with administrative and peripatoi areas.

The patio becomes the heart of the school with a whimsical undulating topography cohabited by active cylindric-shaped learning spaces.

2-3 year old classroom type

Exterior view

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