The canteen is situated on the new Campus III of the University of Coimbra. Situated on the edge of the campus, looking away from the city and facing its main road ring, the canteen is the built result of a competition won back in 2001 by the Lisbon-based architectural practice, LGLS. Conditioned by a sharply sloping site and a limited budget, the project quickly evolved into a play of scale, space, light and colour that offers a surprisingly large and luminous interior wrapped in what at first sight seems to be a fairly compact external package. Public access is at the upper level. The building then develops downwards, generating its strongest external moment at the opposite end from the entry point, thereby twisting the meaning of 'main facade' and allowing for an internal shift in scale that makes the light-flooded refectory so impressive. The internal colour scheme, tied to distinct ceiling heights, clearly defines the internal functions and instinctively organizes the users.