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Oca / Königsberger Vannucchi

  • 01:00 - 22 November, 2008
Oca / Königsberger Vannucchi
Oca / Königsberger Vannucchi, © Gal Oppido
© Gal Oppido

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect

    Königsberger Vannucchi - Jorge Königsberger and Gianfranco Vannucchi
  • Client

    SESC / World Cultural Forum
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From the architect. The "Oca" was developed as a temporary pavilion for the event "Resistance and Tradition", which was part of the World Cultural Forum that took place in São Paulo in 2004. As a center of discussion about Brazil's indigenous culture, it sheltered many ceremonies and meetings of representatives from the country's various native communities.

© Gal Oppido
© Gal Oppido

Inspired by the typology of traditional indigenous houses - from which the "Oca" derives its name -, the project references typical elements of the native architecture, such as the zenithal illumination and the high level of transparency of the building. However, it does so in a respectful manner without intending to be a mere literal reproduction of said architecture, through the use of contemporary elements such as galvanized steel boards. Alas, not only its form but also its structural design and building method were also based in the wooden frame of typical indigenous ocas.

© Gal Oppido
© Gal Oppido

The site is divided by two circles that mark the event's different gathering spaces. The first is represented by the oca, which symbolizes the indigenous house. The other one is a simple earth circle surrounded by wooden totems with the same diameter as the oca, which symbolizes the space for rituals and festivities that occur in the middle of a "taba", or indigenous village.

© Gal Oppido
© Gal Oppido
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Barby Omodei · November 30, 2010

#arch templo para aborigenes d Brasil @ArchDaily

negin · February 04, 2009

fantasy things

from london · January 20, 2009

guys these shells.. aren't they going to be just a bit... HOT ? · December 13, 2008
João · November 24, 2008

Indigenous in Brazil????... I

Hamster · November 24, 2008

it looks like a skatepark!

Taner ?a?maz · November 23, 2008


This building very good.
Proje tasar?m bak?m?ndan konsepte uygun bir ?ekilde yap?lm?? gibi görünyor.

Contemporary Art · November 23, 2008

Was the ground already like that, or did they treat the ground with some kind of clay?



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