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Sesc Barra

The project to implement a high school, modeled after the American high schools where students and teachers live together in a campus environment, was the subject of a competition promoted by SESC Nacional in February, 2004. Designed for 500 students, ages 14 to 17, selected from around the country, the school is being built on a 130.000m2 lot in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. In addition to classrooms and student and teacher residencies, the school also includes numerous other communal facilities, such as a restaurant, library, administration building, amphitheatre, sports complex and a 600-seat theatre. The campus is built around a lake with plenty of internal peripheral roads and bike paths. Environmental concerns played an important part in designing the landscaping and infrastructure projects, which include features such as green roofs, a vacuum sewage system and water recycling system.


Location Barra da Tijuca – Rio de Janeiro

Land area 137.000m²

Constructed area 55.000m²

Author of the project Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa

Co-authors Claudia Amorim / Carlota Sampaio / Lourenço Gimenez

Technical team Maria Teresa Mesquita, Ana Rita Figueira, André Barreto, Ligia Cury, Mariana Cailaux, Rodrigo Carneiro, Christian Smith, Joyce Camillo, Maurício Duarte, Igor de Vetyemy, Roberta Leite, Cesar Jordão.

Consultants Fernado Chacel – landscaping, JKMF – structural calculations, Cemope – installations, Esther Stiller – lighting technique, Integrar – air-conditioning e A+a design – visual programming

Year of design / construction 2004 / 2007