Victor Civita PlazaEdit profile
The City of São Paulo in partnership with EditoraAbril, one of the largest publishing houses in Brazil, has recently inaugurated Victor Civita Plaza – Open Museum for Sustainability. Located in a central urban area, at the site of a deactivated garbage incinerator, the project provides São Paulo a new 130,000 square foot leisure area as well as introduces an innovative approach to the revitalization of a contaminated urban area.
The project was launched in 2006, when the local government and EditoraAbril established a partnership in order to enable the renewal of the site. Like other post-industrial areas, the existing site was degraded and polluted exemplifying the urban challenge most metropolises now have to face.
Conscious of this issue Anna Dietzsch (director of DBB Aedas in São Paulo), in association with LeviskyArquitetosAssociados, proposed a design that remediates the contamination and proposes a sustainable solution, incorporating social political, cultural and environmental elements into a productive design.
A deck of certified, recycled Brazilian hardwood sits above the site, supported by steel structure, to minimize contact with the contaminated soil. Like the frame of a ship, the deck unfolds between the horizontal and vertical in a curve, creating places that are defined by the three-dimensionality of the form, great urban rooms that invite public use.
Description from ArchDaily