The basic construction behind the NEECs is a regular prismatic volume which lends its figure to the vast pentohouse that houses a teaching facility – up to three pavements tall, with classrooms, administrative and pedagogical sectors – and an open living area called “varandão” (a big veranda), a wide space for curricular and extracurricular activities, open to the community to sports, meetings, presentations, movie exhibits and the likes. Steel was employed as a conceptual choice that reaffirms the vocation of Minas Gerais as a steel-producing state, thus exploiting the richness of our soil and of our industrial sector.
The pre-fabrication of steel guaranteed easy transportation and installation on site, saving time and costs because of the scale proportions these schools demand. It also allows for large spans, according to the design, and easier adaptation to topographic conditions and physical expansion.
The NEECs make for an ample pedagogical program focused not only on the student, but also on their family. Its architecture responds to a spatial distribution with adequate reasoning of constructive systems.
Project name: NEEC School
Architecture: Gustavo Penna
Location: Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais – Brazil
Year designed: 1986 – 1987
Year completed: 1987
Projected area: 3.769m2
Photos: Gil Prates