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Mãe Luiza Gymnasium, Mãe Luiza, Brazil

Friday 03 Feb 2012

Over the first hurdle in Brazil

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Naturally ventilated gym is first in a series of builds for Herzog & de Meuron in Mãe Luiza 

Herzog & de Meuron has devised an impressive Gymnasium for the School of Dinarte Martiz in Mãe Luiza with Centro Sócio Pastoral Nossa Senhora de Conceição. The partnership began working together on a redevelopment of the community in 2009 to retain the natural beauty of the coastal area and weave together the mix of alternative architectural components that have been bolted together in Mãe Luiza over the years.

The Gymnasium is the first element in this wider plan to take effect and will begin construction this year for completion in 2013. An existing recreational ground was in place but was ill-equipped for a range of sporting activities. The original ‘gym’ was a simple concrete field framed with columns and trusses but without a roof or walls and was therefore utilised for occasional games of football or as a social gathering space for local residents.

Herzog & de Meuron’s replacement Gymnasium is formed of three main constituents: a grand roof, continuous floor, and single undulating wall. The floor will be form an uninterrupted space for a variety of sports with seating on all four sides, softly blending into the sandy field outside the building’s boundaries. Above this generous space will be a dynamic roof system which will allow a breeze to permeate the interior space, reducing the building’s energy consumption and therefore costs through the implementation of natural ventilation systems. Natural light will also pass through the roof. There will be seating for 350 people in the interior space.

Similar to the existing Gym space, the upcoming volume will feature concrete heavily in its design however the designers insist that varieties in the grain, colour and texture of the material will create subtle differences throughout the complex.

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