“Living together” is the keyword and a guide to our project. An architecture of dwellings which is to promote the sense of community between its residents needs to be an architecture that pursues and enables social emancipation, that contests violence and searches tolerance; an architecture that fosters the “vida conversável” (a life of exchanges, open to all kinds of dialogues, a life liveable) dreamed up by the poet Fernando Pessoa. Our proposal aims to negate and oppose one of the most perverse notions that has affected the development of our cities, especially in residential areas, namely the ever-increasing occupation of the ground according to property market speculations. In the corners of the site, we have placed four small towers of nine floors, and two horizontal volumes on the long sides of the land parcel. Thus, a central courtyard is created – a plaza or a backyard in the best sense of the word: the backyards of the childhood which haunt our dreams throughout the entire life. This great clearing in between the constructions, accessible for pedestrians – youths, elderly, children – avoids the disordered proximity of the majority of Brazilian residential estates, apparent also in middle and high class residential districts. Generous spatial and visual communication between the different housing blocks is an essential part of our proposal. The circulation spaces favour encounters, conviviality, and contribute to the perception of the spaces.
2o Living Steel International Competition for Sustainable Housing
Architects: Francisco Fanucci, Marcelo Ferraz, Anne Dieterich, Carol Moreira, Cícero Cruz, Fabiana Paiva, Gabriel Grinspum, Luciana Dornellas, Pedro Del Guerra, Thomas Kelley, Victor Gurgel, Vinícius Spira
Date of project: 2007
Summary: conjunto habitacional (192 unidades) de baixo custo que visa a utilização de aço como matéria-prima e o desenvolvimento de soluções sustentáveis