Victor Civita Plaza – Open Museum of Sustainability / Levisky Arquitectos Associados & Anna Dietzsch, Davis Brody Bond

© Nelson Kon

The design of the Victor Civita Plaza – Open Museum of Sustainability was based on the ever growing issue of contaminated urban lands. Situated on an existing brown field site in São Paulo, Brazil the design needed to accomodate a large and varied program. More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: Levisky Arquitectos Associados
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Project Architects: Adriana Levisky, Anna Julia Dietzsch (Managing Director of Davis Brody Bond’s office)
Project Coordinator: Renata Gomes
Project Designers: Casey Mahon, Tatiana Antonelli, Lilian Braga, Luciana Magalhaes, Renata Helena de Paula, Catia Portuguese
Project Team: Fernando Lima, Marcelo Ignatios, Gabriela Kuntz
MEP Engineering: Grau Engenharia
Structral Engineering: Companhia de Projectos
Lighting: Franco & Fortes
Landscape Architecture: Benedito Abbud Paisagismo
Management: CeeMeeSee Engenharia
Foundation Engineering: Zaclis & Falconi Engenheiros Associados
Geotechnical Engineering: Alphageos Tecnologia Aplicada
Reuse of Water: Eduardo Oliveira
Acoustics: Fernando Iazzetta
Wood and Forest Resources: IPT
Photographs: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon

The design became inherent to the composition of the public-private partnership between City and private sector, being revealed as a defining player in the urban political scenario and the regeneration of the brown field in São Paulo.

© Nelson Kon

The architects created a grand wooden deck surface that rests on the site without excavations. Like the structure of a boat, it creates “urban plazas” that accommodate different public uses and guides the user through a lesson on sustainability processes.

program plan
water recycling
irrigation details

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Cite: "Victor Civita Plaza – Open Museum of Sustainability / Levisky Arquitectos Associados & Anna Dietzsch, Davis Brody Bond" 21 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 Mar 2015. <>
  • Holcim Awards US

    This is an incredible reuse of a brow field site. The designs is beautiful and playful and the reuse of some of the existing structures is well thought out. Excellent project and a perfect submission to the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

  • design.language

    How is this a finalist for the Building of the Year awards? Did someone register a bunch of accounts and vote?

  • mike

    stop building museums for sustainability, start building sustainable.

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