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Unileão Gym and School / Lins Arquitetos Associados

Unileão Gym and School / Lins Arquitetos Associados

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 46

Fitness Club  · 
Lagoa Seca, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 965.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018
  • Photographs Photographs: Joana França
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Bendermix, Coper Vidros, Isoeste, Olaria Cemonte
  • Interns

    Gabriela Brasileiro, Camila Tavares, Hanna dos Santos, Samuel Melo, Alice Teles, Paula Thiers
  • Construction

    Ampla Engenharia
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© Joana França
© Joana França

Text description provided by the architects. The Unileão gym & school building is located in Juazeiro do Norte, CE. It sits within the Cariri region, which is encompassed by the Brazilian northeastern steppe climate, an extremely dry and hot area. The building serves the Physical Education course offered by the University and is used by its students, faculty, and staff.

© Joana França
© Joana França

The building was set in a pre-existing plateau that guided its East-West orientation, that is, with large facades exposed to a greater solar incidence every day of the year. This is not the ideal situation for the Brazilian semi-arid climate, and for that reason different thermal comfort strategies were applied to reduce the temperature inside the building.

© Joana França
© Joana França
Planta - Pavimento Térreo
Planta - Pavimento Térreo
© Joana França
© Joana França

The complex is formed by five circles of 7.80m radius, 6.00m of which are useful area and 1.80m are garden area. Each circle works as a cell destined for a different activity. Two cells are used for weight training, one for the reception and canteen, another for aerobic activities, and an administration and staff service cell. Each cell connects directly with one another forming a set of approximately 64 meters in length. Three verandas assist those connections and serve either to mark the main entrance of the gym or to support functional training.

© Joana França
© Joana França

As a way of minimizing the solar incidence directly inside the building all the facades were designed in three layers. The first and more external layer filters the sunlight and is designed with solid ceramic tiles distanced from one another such as to create a pattern that allows light in. 

© Joana França
© Joana França
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© Joana França

This pattern brings three-dimensionality and volume to the facade, creating an interesting light and shadow effect. The second layer shelters an inside garden with species of vegetation adapted to the climate of the region and that contribute to creating a pleasant microclimate. The third and final layer is composed of pivoting frames of clear glass that allow the mechanical cooling of the gym if necessary.

© Joana França
© Joana França

The roofing of the building is designed with thermo-acoustic tiles that protect the interior of the building from excessive heat. The exposed concrete and solid ceramic tiles in their natural colors are the materials that stand out. The industrial flooring and all the exposed electrical and hydraulic installations bring an industrial feel to the interior of the building.

© Joana França
© Joana França

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Address: Av. Maria Leticia Pereira - Lagoa Seca, Juazeiro do Norte - CE, Brazil

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Cite: "Unileão Gym and School / Lins Arquitetos Associados" [Academia Escola Unileão / Lins Arquitetos Associados] 15 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/920858/unileao-gym-and-school-lins-arquitetos-associados/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Joana França

Unileão体育中心,烈日下的舒适教学场所 / Lins Arquitetos Associados

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