‘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.

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

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

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

FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school floor plan / level 0

FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school floor plan / level 1

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

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

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

FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school (left) urban context diagram (right) framed views

FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school (left) area diagram (right) program distribution diagram

FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school (left) voids and access diagram (right) patios and light diagram

FREE/fernando romero + OODA: university of porto business school (left) structural diagram (right) facade arrangement diagram

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

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