School of Music
The Escola Superior de Música is part of the Lisbon Polytechnic Institute, which comprises six schools (Education, Communication and Information Sciences, Theatre and Cinema, Dance, Music, Health Technologies) and two further institutes (Accounting and Administration and Engineering). The design of the school makes reference to the inner space of a cloister. "The challenge of creating an “inner” external environment with acoustic and living characteristics and of a scale hardly reachable in the centre of the city led us to explore, up to its limits, the relation of the building – as mass and volume, and the programmatic content thereof, with the empty space of the patio with a size of 100 x 40 m. Beyond its use as a meeting area, this space will also be able to function as an extension of the classrooms and allow for the performance of small, open-air concerts. In general, the area surrounding the patio has only one floor."