The Technology College was designed by ARX located in Barreiro Portugal has been awarded the International Architecture Award for the Best New Global Design 2009 by the Chicago Athenaeum, Architect and Design Museum. It has also been shortlisted for ENOR 2009 and FAD 2009, the results of which will be announced in the next couple of months. Located on the outskirts of Lisbon the college was designed by ARX Portugal, the firm lead by brothers Nuno and José Mateus.
There are some projects that cause a public reaction even before their existence, and this college is such an example. The inhabitants of the surrounding ‘neighbourhood’ protested against its existence because they feared the impact a building of large proportions would have, both visually and ecologically. The college is situated in a rural territory which had previously been invaded by constructions intersecting green-gardens and reed plots.