The restoration plan for the complex, which was in a very deteriorated condition after being abandoned for years, was a Brasil Arquitetura Studio initiative, supported by the municipal administration of Registro and the state government. Priority was given to the restoration of the oficial historical heritage site, the remains of which carried great significance for the local population because directly related to the town’s origins. Along with restoring the buildings, a historical reference institution was established, the Memorial to the Vale do Ribeira Japanese Immigration. This museum has a significant collection, provided by artists of Japanese origin living in Brazil, along with photographs, tools, industrial equipment and other donated items, assembled to illustrate the story of Japanese immigration in the region.
The second important aspect is the integration of these revitalized heritage buildings with their historic and environmental landscape, relating them to the city and to the river in a broader project, the Beira-Rio Park. The objective is to restore the riverbanks and control the floods, integrating the set with the city by means of designing a market square, establishing communication routes and flux control, combined strategies to recover the historic relation of the city with the river.
SANTOS, Cecilia Rodrigues dos – KKKK Complex.
In: CALDEIRA, Vasco; FANUCCI, Francisco; FERRAZ, Marcelo; SANTOS, Cecilia Rodrigues dos– Francisco Fanucci, Marcelo Ferraz: Brasil Arquitetura Studio. São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2005.
Architects: Francisco Fanucci, Marcelo Ferraz, Anderson Freitas, Carlos Ferrata, Carmem Ávilla, Cícero Cruz, Fabio Mosaner, Juliana Antunes, Paulo Alves, Pedro Barros
Date of project: 1996
Date of construction: 1998 -2001
Recuperação de edifício histórico e adaptação para museu da imigração japonesa, centro de convivência, salas multimídia, biblioteca, exposições, restaurantes, auditório
Gross floor area: 2.900m²
Location: Registro, SP
Photos: Nelson kon
Publications: Conjuntos habitacionais revelam valorização do desenho urbano” Projeto, São Paulo, 2001, nº 251, pág. 119 “O Conjunto KKKK” Architécti, Portugal, 2002, nº 59, pág. 76/83 “Recuperados, armazéns transformam-se em centro de informação e cultura” Projeto, São Paulo, 2003, nº 265, pág. 40/46 “Brasile : Nuova Architettura - Brasil Arquitetura - Centro Culturale KKKK Registro 2002”, Casabella, Itália, 2004, nº 723, Pág.48/53.