The new Brazil Soka Gakkai International (BSGI) Cultural Centre, located in Curitiba, became an important building for the association that has a presence in 192 countries and premises in several Brazilian cities. The Curitiba BSGI moved from a small building in the Jardim das Américas district to its new Cultural Centre of more than 2,000 sqm on a 6,270 sqm site in Bairro Alto, Curitiba. The occasion was marked by a grand celebration with typical dances, speeches by the administration and the architects responsible for the project, and was attended by the president of the Association in Brazil POSITIONThe single-unit building occupies the central portion of the corner plot, offering generous setback from the boundaries and allowing extensive views and connection with small plazas around it. The siting strategy allows for eventual enlargement through an annex building at the back of the site, which is currently occupied by the car park.ACCESSPedestrian access is through the central section of the main street, aligned with the main entrance to the building. Vehicle access is at the ends of the “L”-shaped car park, and there is a special administration entrance near the pedestrian access with a connection to the parking area.
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