The ETERJ technical school is a private institution in the hot suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. We were hired to expand its capacity by adding 18 classrooms, a mediateque an auditorium and covered car parking spaces.
Because of the region’s high temperatures and the very limited budget, when compared with traditional private schools, we decided to use simple and cheap sun filtering materials to diminish solar heat gain. We specified for the façades ceramic elements called cobogos, expanded galvanized steel and strips of a melamine finished composite material.
The new “L” shaped building creates, when attached to the old one, a courtyard with trees and have the auditorium and mediateque facing the street. Theses spaces are very symbolic for the school’s intention to provide a modern and comfortable habitat for their students . And bring more dignity to a very needy context.