The secondary school of the town of Sarcedo contains eights classrooms, and was designed as an ‘entrance gate’ to the new arrangement of public space. In order to fulfil this purpose the building is broken into two main sections, linked by a horizontal element standing on two double columns.
The series of internal spatial relations, of long corridors and large halls, reproduce the urban structure of streets and squares.
The atrium-lecture hall is a double-height room with four columns which distinguish: the ‘assembly’ area and the ‘ceremonial’ area. A double ramp connects the ground floor to a terrace-balcony, off which all the corridor-streets are found. Externally the hall is characterized by eight large square windows reminiscent of the ‘rose-window’ motif.
The classrooms and related spaces are placed symmetrically on both sides of a central corridor, and are externally characterized by horizontal strip windows.
The gym is side-lit by a high-level continuous glazed strip which is subdivided by pilasters into three metre square openings. On the opposite side, at the same level, the changing room corridor opens into the gym hall like a ‘gallery’.
The portico of the changing room block and the gallery of the linking horizontal section bestow to the courtyard the spatial quality of a square surrounded by a colonnade, this representing the symbolic nature of the entire building.