John McAslan + Partners has won the invited competition organised by the British School in Rio de Janeiro to overhaul its Barra campus next to Brazil’s 2016 Olympic park
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The school, which has three outposts across the city and has operated at the site since 2003, wants to build 3,700m² of new accommodation, including an extra 25 classroom for its secondary year groups, a multi-purpose hall, library, music suite and outdoor play space.
The £12 million project will also see 6,000m² of ‘dilapidated’ existing buildings refurbished at the suburban school, which mainly teaches children from the expatriot community and wealthy Brazilian families, and wants to expand its capacity from 800 to 1,200 pupils.
Tony Skipper, McAslan’s managing director, said the proposed scheme features a long, bar-like building which, with its ‘strong horizontal white’ bands, paid a ‘slight homage to Oscar Niemeyer’s work’.
All the classrooms in this concrete-framed block will be accessed from an external balcony running around the building, which gives shade and allows
the teaching spaces to be ‘heavily glazed’.