The competition for the choice of the Brazilian Pavilion Project was conditioned to meet two basic requirements:
1. That the building, after the Expo, could be sold for use as headquarters, so as to make the venture viable from a financial point of view;
2. The largest possible number of components of the building should be generated and / or come from the country concerned, since Spanish companies were overburdened to meet the deadlines.
In order for the building to function as a company headquarters, we try to meet the extreme annual climatic demands: the winter is humid, with 4 days of frost on average per year, when the temperature drops below 0º C, while summer is muffled, dry, with a temperature that reaches 45º C.
The design strategy was to create a concrete “casing” that would be cast “in loco”, at the same time that its content (kernel) was manufactured in Brazil, in a metallic structure, transported and assembled in Seville, and consisted of floors, ramps, “brises” and “sheds”, thus being able to take care of the short term of work and the scarcity of availability of local labour.
From a symbolic point of view, the “casing”, despite being in apparent concrete, when leaning only on two points and at one end, represented the lightness with which the best Brazilian architecture digested European modernism and its proverbial brutalism.
Access to the Pavilion is through a shaded plaza, on the South / East corner.
Owing to the Spanish tradition of intensive use of the street, it is on the ground floor, on the east facade, that are located restaurant and bar, both private of the building, and reversible for public use.