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

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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, the design needed to accomodate a large and varied program. More photographs and drawings following the break.

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Project Architects: Adriana Levisky, Anna Julia Dietzsch (Managing Director of Davis Brody Bond’s Sao Paulo 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 25 May 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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