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Concrete Hollow Blocks are used as main element in the facade of this pavilion in Brazil

The São Paulo-based architectural office Bruno Rossi Arquitetos has designed ''Refectory and Dressing Room'' that located in Santo Antonio de Posse, a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil

Project description by the architects:

The services pavilion, located in the rural area of the São Paulo state interior, seeks to be a shelter for the orange harvest workers. Its program accommodates dressing room and kitchen, with a table for meals, besides to serve as a space where workers find retreat to rest, relax and unwind.

Refectory and Dressing Room by Bruno Rossi Arquitetos in sao paulo Brazil Image © André Scarpa

The project is basically constructed from a single element: the concrete block, so traditional in the Brazilian architecture. This material stands as structural element and all the project dimensions are modulated according to its size: precaste concrete panels as slab, terrazzo on the floor and glass screens. All the other materials keep neutral, emphasizing the concrete block as the most important element, which is visible in its original aspect, without covering or painting.

concrete steps toward the pavilion Image © André Scarpa

night view of the concrete pavilion Image © André Scarpa

In the main elevations, the concrete block works as a hollowed-out element, creating a filter between interior and exterior, providing an interesting dynamic in the way the sunlight enters the room in different hours of the day. The hollowed-out element in the facades dissolves the limits, letting the surrounding colors, natural ventilation and illumination to enter the interior, still constituting a physical barrier. On the other hand, after dawn, the building is lit and emanates light through its hollowed-out walls.

illumination inside the room Image © André Scarpa

a concrete pavilion that served as dressing room Image © André Scarpa

concrete blocks used as material of the roomImage © André Scarpa

a facade with concrete blocks Image © André Scarpa

concrete blocks overlapped for the exterior wallImage © André Scarpa

light passing through the concrete blocks Image © André Scarpa

a cylindrical column inside the dressing room Image © André Scarpa

shade and shadow Image © André Scarpa

facade of the pavilion Image © André Scarpa

a facade made of concrete blocks Image © André Scarpa

green vegetation in a sunny day Image © André Scarpa

Ground floor plan

roof plan

architectural sections

architectural details


Archiecture firm: Bruno Rossi Arquitetos 

Co-author: André Scarpa

Project Year: 2017

Location: Santo Antonio de Posse,São Paulo, Brazil

Area: 80 m²

Photographer: André Scarpa

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