Fundamental Sciences Division Building / METRO Arquitetos

Fundamental Sciences Division Building / METRO Arquitetos

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Vila das Acacias, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project METRO Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    15879.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Hunter Douglas Architectural (Europe), Miaki, Stone
  • Author Architects

    Martin Corullon, Gustavo Cedroni
  • Architect in Charge

    Miki Itabashi
  • Team

    Rafael de Sousa,Marcelo Altieri, Marcelo Macedo, Helena Cavalheiro, Isadora Marchi, LuisTavares, Marina Ioshii, Marina Pereira, Flavio Bragaia, Camille Laurent, Isadora Scheneider, Marina Cecchi
  • Photographs

  • Structures

    INNER Engenharia e Gerenciamento
  • Foundations

    Appogeo projeto
  • Hydraulic Installations

    Usina Consultoria e Projetos
  • Electrical Installations

    PKM Consultoria, Projetos e Instalações
  • Air Conditioning

    EPT Engenharia
  • Lighting

    Lux Projetos Luminotécnicos
  • Acoustics

    HARMONIA Davi Akkerman + Holtz
  • Waterproofing

    Proassp impermeabilização
  • Quantifications and Budget

    Raoni Nakamura e Lara Galvão
  • Landscape Design

    Bonsai Paisagismo
  • Sound Effects

    SVA - Sistemas de Vídeo e Áudio Ltda.
  • Model

    Fred Carol Maquetaria
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Text description provided by the architects. The Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) in São José de Campos is engaged in an expansion project to take on twice the number of students. A collective of São Paulo-based firms involving METRO, MMBB and Piratininga Arquitetos are leading the corresponding architectural project and will work in the context of an architecturally significant existing campus, possessing buildings and urban design by Oscar Niemeyer. From a suite of new buildings that includes also a new library and a residential area intended for the faculty of the institution, METRO is responsible for the 1200 seat auditorium and the Fundamental Sciences Department, that became the first to be built and was finished in October 2018.

Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Leonardo Finotti
Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
Ground Level Plan
Ground Level Plan
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© Leonardo Finotti

A key design principle of this masterplan of was to make a clear distinction between areas for living and public use with those areas intended for faculty and students. The Fundamental Sciences building is thus immediately adjacent to the Electronic Sciences building, and together with the existing buildings, they combine to create a large green area, entirely defined by educational buildings.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

The auditorium and library are seen as supporting elements to this program and are positioned within the green court itself. The auditorium is defined as a solid volume whose faces are partially closed and part translucent, it seems to float above the court which enters into it; by contrast, the library has the majority of its program buried, yet its presence is denoted by a large steel-framed arcade emerging from the ground and forming a large shaded area. It is open to the sky at its centre, allowing light into the library below.


For the Fundamental Sciences Division Building standardised steel components were chosen as the construction system, maximising build-speed, technical accuracy and reducing waste. Whilst from the perspective of lighting, natural daylight was prioritised in sections of the program with consistently high occupancy rates, minimizing the use of artificial means and additionally offering external perspectives. In terms of ventilation, a system was designed to provide comfort conditions through natural means. This is particularly present in circulation areas, where open external galleries are used, eliminating the need for air conditioning equipment.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

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Project location

Address: Praça Marechal Eduardo Gomes, 50 - Vila das Acacias, São José dos Campos - SP, 12228-900, Brazil

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Cite: "Fundamental Sciences Division Building / METRO Arquitetos" 22 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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