FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school
FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school
oct 22, 2011

FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school

‘university of porto business school’ by OODA, porto, portugal all images courtesy OODA

portuguese architecture practice OODA and new york-based FREE/fernando romero have produced a proposal for the ‘university of porto business school’ within the urban center of porto, portugal. strategically placed voids within the facade provide visual relationships between visitors and the encompassing urban environment, adjacent park and nearby facilities, weaving the building into the existing campus. with an eclectic surrounding context comprised of structures designed by internationally renowned architects, the exterior assumes a muted appearance and places an emphasis on the interior experience.

aerial view

reception within a double height atrium regulates the circulating visitors to the restaurant and cafeteria for events and cocktail hours. ground level common areas are positioned near the bustling street while private spaces are arranged to overlook the tranquil wooded landscape. classrooms are elevated to the first floor and placed on either end of the rectangular volume generating a cross movement which will encourage conversation and gathering between students and teachers. wide corridors facilitate networking and collaboration on projects as impromptu interactions occur.


site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1



site analysis diagram

(left) urban context diagram (right) framed views

(left) area diagram (right) program distribution diagram

(left) voids and access diagram (right) patios and light diagram

(left) structural diagram (right) facade arrangement diagram

programmatic diagram

landscape elements

project info:

team: free/fernando romero + ooda free: fernando romero, sergio rebelo, astrid rovisco suzano, andreia teixeira, hector romero ooda: diogo brito, rodrigo vilas-boas, francisco lencastre, francisca lopes dos santos engineering: geg, porto result: settled

  • I expect from a renowned website like designboom to give truthful information about the subject they report, which isn’t the case in this story.
    The proposal by this studio (OODA) DID NOT WIN the competition. In fact it didn’t even stay in the 3 awarded proposals. Another aspect you should focus and correct is the fact that the proposal is from OODA and Free (Fernando Romero), not just from one studio.

    Try to give more accurate information.

    EGP says:
    great design.

    UPBS says:

    FU says:

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