Architecture: São Pedro de Alcântara Cultural Park

When facing a revitalization project, one is to question the value of the property being used as well as what should be kept or not, so that decisions regarding the contemporary intervention are very clear. This relationship between the pre-existence and intervention in this project is understood and desired as something mutual and co-related. Thus, the key concept defined in this case was the concept of commensalism, so that past and present make concessions for each other.

From the moment it was decided to keep almost all of the existing building on a site where it is impossible to expand the building horizontally and vertical expansion is irrelevant, this design became an exercise of creating an ambience, rather than an architectural object. For this reason, the intention here is to create a rich space, divergent in relation to the existing building, i.e. a contrast relation between covering and content.

The attractiveness thought throughout the process of conceptualization of the project is expected to occur by taking the pedestrian closer to the factory by, among other gestures, the creation of a transition area between the street and the complex, both across and along, and an extension of the axis that is broken at the end of the Imperador’s Avenue.

With this in view, rather than providing a new function for the building, the intention of this project is to recover the vitality of an area of great importance and great urban potential.

graduation thesis
architecture, cultural, revitalization
Professor Ernani Freire
opera prima 2011