Artave/CCM School of Music

Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal


How to transform an office building into a music school?

Artave/CCM music school is set in the city’s heart of Vila Nova de Famalicão and occupies part of an office building from the seventies. Since its foundation, the school has been growing, successively acquiring the building area. Groups of dispersed rooms in distinct floors and, more recently, a store that gives access to the street, to be transformed into a performance hall.


Until now, the school’s main entrance was on the side and, besides the sound of music coming from the windows, its existence behind those walls was only marked by a small plaque. Since the space needs refurbishment, the client requires unity and clarification. It is necessary to review the functional logic, to extend some spaces and, above all, to create a strong identity that allows the school to stand out from other services operating in the building.

Project Artave/CCM School of Music

Location Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal

Client Artave/CCM School of Music

Program Renovation and extension of Artave/CCM School of Music

Area 1470 m2

Project status Built

Date 2012 – 2013

Architecture Aurora Arquitectos

Architecture team Sérgio Antunes, Sofia Reis Couto, Luís Salgueiro, Pedro França

Engineering Eng. Manuel Silva, Traço Plano Engenharia

Contractor Joaquim Sobral, APLIGESSA