Eduardo Souto Moura, Braga, Portugal, 2004
Old Carandá Market, also designed by the architect Souto Moura, has now converted this land of about 1500m^2, to an school of music of the Carandá cultural market.
One of the building Highlights is the large glass facade that makes invisible the existing behind structure, HEB 140, spaced from each 2.50 meters.
From the implementation point of view, the building has a rectangular shape with a length of about 70 meters oriented West/East and a width of about 22 meters. The building has two floors, one of them is buried, were located the basement and the gallery. At the ground floor level is a central corridor that separates the classrooms and offices of an auditorium, developing it from the floor to the ground floor -1. The facades oriented East/West are in glass thus conditioning, as will be seen later, the adoption of metal profiles.
Structurally, the walls, particularly those ho separate the different classrooms, generally have a 15 cm thickness and are interspersed occasionally by metal pillars, when the gaps so require. The buried, as the counter of the basement and gallery have 25cm thickness.
In the auditorium area, given the existence of a significant range, adopted is a slab of mixed metal HEB140 consists of beams and a concrete compression layer of 15cm thick linked by steel connectors. This slab supported by a concrete 20cm thick wall and in small metal pillars (HEB 140) located on the façade oriented to south, which makes the façade, a glass only. In the rest of the roof 0, were taken solid slabs of reinforced 25cm thickness. As for the foundation: in basement areas and gallery, was widely resorted to solutions of directly type of foundation: Overall mat foundations slabs with 35cm thickness, the of the building was chosen and along walls of the building or under the pillars, linking them together (when necessary) in both main directions.
As memory of the old market project, were kept some structural elements such as stairs in existing tops north and south as well as some pillars.