Prefabricated Public Schools: 7 Brazilian Projects in Plan and Section




Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon

Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon

Great school design is more than just a good piece of architecture. Particularly in vulnerable areas with poor public infrastructure, schools symbolize the role of the state and education as a transforming agent for social improvement. They can also become areas for community life, sports, courses, among other uses. Unfortunately, these projects do not always receive the attention they deserve. 

Schools require diverse and complex programs and flows, therefore, developing an educational project is one of the greatest challenges for architects. Due to the economy, rationalization, and speed of work, Brazil’s largest portion of school projects are designed from prefabricated concrete elements with rigid modulations and, in rare cases, steel. But what may seem to limit at first, can actually become an exercise in structural creativity. 

In an attempt to elucidate the systems used to materialize these projects, we’ve selected a compilation of seven prefabricated schools in plan and section to create incredible spaces for learning. 

Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos


© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon

CHB Campinas F1 State School / MMBB Arquitetos


© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon

Public School in Votorantim / grupoSP


© Carlos Kipnis

© Carlos Kipnis

State School New Cumbica / H + F Architects / H+F Arquitetos


© Pedro Napolitano Prata

© Pedro Napolitano Prata

FDE – Golden Park School V / Apiacás Arquitetos


© Fran Parente

© Fran Parente

FDE Public School / FGMF


Cortesia de FGMF

Cortesia de FGMF

Campinas School / bvy arquitetos


© Bebete Viégas

© Bebete Viégas

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