ARTAVE/CCM Music School

Caldas da Saúde, Santo Tirso, Portugal

2017 – 2020

This project responds to a simple need: the connection between two existing blocks of classrooms. This vertical and horizontal relations are the pretext to create a space of encounter and relaxation for the students during breaks, as well as an exterior amphitheatre.


The original set of buildings is confuse, with various additions throughout the years. This intervention intends to detach itself and respect the individuality of the existing buildings, twisting and squirming in order to avoid them.


The windows created are frames to the best things the surroundings have to offer: a forest and a magnolia of white flowers.

Project ARTAVE/CCM Music School

Location Caldas da Saúde, Famalicão, Portugal


Program Access volume between two existing buildings

Area 3873 m2

Project Status Built

Date 2017–2020

Architecture Aurora Arquitectos

Architecture Team Sérgio Antunes, Sofia Reis Couto, Tânia Sousa, Rui Baltazar,  Ivo Lapa, Carolina Rocha, Bruno Pereira, Dora Jerbic, Anna Cavenago, Afonso Nunes

Building Supervision Pedro Sousa Cruz

Engineering Eng. Manuel Silva, Traço Plano Engenharia

Photography Aurora Arquitectos