This reminds me of Cambridge universities in England, once my home.
These internal spaces are successful through their control of proportion and scale. The 1/3rd to 2/3rd ratio is rooted in classical design and factors modernism at all levels.
The space created provides focus and an inner sanctum that calms the psyche and creates an inspiring learning environment.
“The intervention at the Braamcamp Freire Secondary School in Pontinha, had the reorganization of the scholar space as premise. This reorganization was to be achieved through the articulation of the different functional sectors in a way that would guarantee conditions for its adequate functioning, promoting in the same time its opening to the outside community.
The project consisted in the reorganization of the existing pavilionaire typology into one single building. The permanent and informal studying spaces are being valorized, integrating the concept of ‘learning street’, encouraging the proximity between the students, the various educative programs and the whole scholar community.
The school organizes itself around a central ‘learning square’, whose relationship with the other recreational spaces allows an adequate integration in the topography of the site as well as in the landscape.”
(Via Archinect.com Feed.)