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Restaurant & Grocery Store in Monteiro Lobato / Metamoorfose Studio

Restaurant & Grocery Store in Monteiro Lobato / Metamoorfose Studio

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Photographs Photographs:  Maíra Acayaba
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Brasilit, Deca, Jatobá, Trimble Navigation
  • Lead Architect: André Procópio, Aline D`Avola
  • Structural Engineer / Civil Engineer:Carpinteria
  • Constructor Company:C&S
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© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

Text description provided by the architects. The restaurant-grocery store in Monteiro Lobato was conceived as a strategic project that seeks to cause a positive impact on the region, blend in with the landscape and respond to local economic demands.

Located in a rural area near the city of Monteiro Lobato at an altitude of 1,150 meters, the project aimed to meet a simple demand: a grocery store for locals who needed to face a 20-kilometer commute to buy basic supplies, as well as provide support to tourists (café and restrooms) who stopped by to visit the Mirante Pedra de São Francisco (São Francisco Rock Lookout).

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

The rock is located in a private property that was opened to the public in the early 2000s. Since then, demands and tourist sightseeing grew and the need to install a project to address local issues became imminent. From the get-go, the project developed by Metamoorfose aimed to use raw materials from the region, take full advantage of construction waste, avoid large soil movements and provide everyone with a pleasant environment that enhanced their surroundings. 

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba
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© Maíra Acayaba

In order to develop a circular economy, the program was structured to be self-sufficient according to the evolution of use, space and needs – always servicing the local population (rural area) with the sale of basic products that were manufactured in-loco, ultimately generating new jobs geared towards ecotourism. 

The project’s starting point was designed to foster better integration with the surroundings and contemplation of the sights in an unconventional place. The architectural plan’s concept allows users to go all the way around and discover the different views of the landscape along the way. The modular structure and closings make it possible to grow or reduce the program, enabling greater flexibility and the ability to keep up with the project’s actual transformation over time. 

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

In terms of bioclimatic strategies, the slightly loose cover of the lower volumes allows for permanent ventilation, indirect natural lighting, and the existence of a fully open indoor garden, which assists in the overall moisture, generated by plant evapotranspiration. The ground high-floor aids in cooling the building and showcases the land’s natural profile.

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

Its circular shape merges with the mountain’s curves and the abundance of transparency provide visitors with an internal route that is always in sync with the outside landscape. The program intends on solving local demands while simultaneously promoting integration with the space in a natural fashion for everybody.

From the restaurant to the grocery store, from the café to picnics on the rock, and from sit-down immersive experiences to fleeting visits, all of the program’s features come together to achieve the common goal of contemplating nature and seizing the moment!

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

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Cite: "Restaurant & Grocery Store in Monteiro Lobato / Metamoorfose Studio" [Restaurante & mercadinho em Monteiro Lobato / Metamoorfose Studio] 04 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/960983/restaurant-and-grocery-store-in-monteiro-lobato-metamoorfose-studio> ISSN 0719-8884

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