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Pedro Arrupe school uses Cork covering

Pedro Arrupe school was conceived as a place to facilitate the development and learning of students, and is a focus of excellence boasting countless natural areas promoting contact with and respect for the environment.

Inaugurated in September 2010 in Parque das Nações, in Lisbon, the outer façades of the building are covered with expanded insulation corkboard, product reference MDFachada, from Amorim Isolamentos. In total, 8000 m2 of cork were used, with thicknesses ranging from 50 to 100 mm.

The scale of this project – the School was designed to accommodate 1700 pupils – and its architectural design, defined in perfect harmony with the surrounding area, have resulted in great visibility for this building which, though not the first to be covered in Expanded Cork Agglomerate, is among those which have caused the greatest impact.

As a result, Pedro Arrupe School has already been visited by over a hundred architects and other specialists in the field of construction, from Portugal and abroad, with technical and commercial connections to Amorim Isolamentos.

The architectural design is by GJP Architectos Associados, the project was carried out by the company Alves Ribeiro, S.A. and is owned by ALRISA – Sociedade Imobiliária, S.A.

Expanded insulation corkboard has been applied with great success in countless landmark projects such as the Portugal Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Quinta do Portal and Logadega.

It should be noted that this is a 100% natural, renewable and recyclable material with  unlimited durability, providing excellent technical performance with regard to thermal and acoustic insulation of buildings.