Something extraordinary is about to happen in Cidade Jardim. The planned campus of Avenues São Paulo, a 40,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art educational facility will be coming to life. The award-winning São Paulo architecture and interior design firms, Aflalo & Gasperini, Dante Della Manna and EKF Arquitetura de Exteriores, working closely with Avenues: The World School designers, have created a blueprint that reflects Avenues’ core principles of innovation, sustainability and student-centered pedagogy. The result is a remarkable 15-grade school that is both quintessentially Avenues and authentically Brazilian – a world school in the truest sense.
Nestled among iconic landmarks and neighborhoods, Avenues São Paulo will be a haven of security, tranquility and beauty in the midst of a bustling city. With drive times of 30 minutes or less from nearly all of São Paulo’s major residential areas, our planned campus will enjoy an exceptionally convenient location directly off one of the city’s main thoroughfares, the Marginal Pinheiros. Entering from the Marginal, families will find themselves on Rua Pedro Avancine, a quiet, tree-lined boulevard leading directly to the school, which allows for hassle-free traffic flow to and from the secure student drop-off and pick-up areas.
The planned Avenues São Paulo campus will be built to accommodate up to 2,100 students across its four programs. Each program will be housed in its own distinctive space, built around a connective central atrium linking a series of localized staircases. Vertical openings in the floor will allow maximum light transmittance between levels and establish a visual connection between students on different floors.
Like Avenues’ first campus in New York City, Avenues São Paulo represents the transformation of an existing building into a state-of-the-art educational facility and an architectural landmark in its own right. In cities, the ultimate sustainable building solution is to avoid demolishing usable structures in favor of new facilities. Renovating an existing building conserves the investment made in the original building and avoids the expenditure of energy and resources associated with demolition, disposal and further construction.