Although aware of the serious problems presented by this kind of Competitions in Brazil (see Suzuki Thesis / 2016 – Marcio Mazza and alter), the importance of the execution of the Headquarters of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IABDF), and the much desired, necessary and late Council of Architecture and Urbanism (CAU) mobilized us.
Unfortunately the result confirmed the tradition, which is repeated at least since the competition for the 1992 Seville Pavilion.
1st item. Clearly meet the 3 required functional spaces – CAUBR Headquarters + IABDF Headquarters + Corporate Building, income generator for IABDF maintenance.
2nd item. To represent the symbolic meaning of a “house of architects”;
3rd item. Provide the relationship between architects and society.
In short, each of these items was thus treated:
1st item. Solution in 2 blocks, with IABDF Headquarters in one and Headquarters of the CAUBR + Corporate Building in a same other block in L shape, which facilitates the eventual expansion of the CAUBR. Also facilitate the synergy of cultural and social activities of the two institutions by grouping and given them spatial continuity.
2nd item. Having as a background the L shape block, the IABDF Headquarters, by its differentiated form, intends to mark the identity of the whole, without representing a monumentality that would associate its image with an economic and / or bureaucratic elite.
3rd item. Promotion of a meeting place for the users of the set with each other and with the society, for the creation of a Plaza where cultural and social activities converge and adapted to our climate, with generous shadows, projected by the buildings and native trees. Shadow, because we’re not in the northern hemisphere. Also neither in the same climate nor in the same culture.
Architects: Luiz Gaudenzi, André Mota, Mário Esteves and Thiago Lopes
Structure: Technical Office Costa Santos
Landscaping: Beatriz Secco