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Pampulha Square / Arquitetos Associados

  • Architects: Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Architects: - Arquitetos Associados / Alexandre Brasil, André Luiz Prado, Bruno Santa Cecília, Carlos Alberto Maciel
  • Collaboration: Enara Paiva, Michelle Andrade, Henrique Boabaid
  • Area: 19000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Eduardo Eckenfels

© Eduardo Eckenfels © Eduardo Eckenfels © Eduardo Eckenfels © Eduardo Eckenfels

From the architect. The Square was built at the last large public space in the surroundings of Pampulha, close to St. Francis Church, one of Niemeyer buildings around the lake. 

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The project redesign topography creating slightly sloping green surfaces that improve natural drainage, define permanence areas – grades, benches, platforms – and cover facilities – public toilets and bar – improving the open public character of the square.

Section
Section

Destined to large scale events, the design defined a large dry esplanade closer to the lake, while increasing the green presence in the other direction, defining otherwise a more bucolic intimate scale for the neighborhood use. Vertical totems for lighting liberate the esplanade. 

© Eduardo Eckenfels
© Eduardo Eckenfels

The huge area associated to a low budget oriented a strict choice of low cost and resistant materials: the traditional brick in pavements and vertical elements; concrete for totems; crushed stone and grass for the permeable surfaces.

© Eduardo Eckenfels
© Eduardo Eckenfels
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