| Author: Matteo Mauro
| Tutors: Isaie Bloch, Naja De Ostos
| Bartlett, UCL
| The proposed building is Research Institute. The building celebrates the known and unknown power of sand. It is a permanent, creative research platform capable to test new ideas and host temporary educational and recreational events. “Sand Culture” will entertain and disrupt the Copacabana’s crowd showcasing its own research throughout testing and prototyping of architectural sand structures.
The project is located in the district of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, a seaside city in south-east Brazil. Rio’s population is 12-million people, famed for its beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, 38m Christ the Redeemer and Sugar-loaf cable cars. Also, known for its sprawling favelas, its raucous Carnival festival and for hosting the Olympics 2016. The building’s site is exactly at the centre of Copacabana beach, between posto 2 (location of the closed infamous Club “Help”, but still attraction of night and day crowd) and posto 3 (assembly point of street sports such skating and roller-blades).
The design considers the two sides of Avenida Atlantica (Hotel side and beach side), which are subjects to very different planning regulations. Height and ground area constrains were the main concern during the design process. The design aims to insert itself in to the context preserving and celebrating the Natural Landmarks and Burle Marx tiles promenade. As well as to interact with the alive kiosks, postos and sand castle artist bays. The designated site has been selected strategically to disrupt the flow of people of Copacabana, that constantly walks on the Burle Marx promenade from posto 1 to posto 6. Also, the building awaits the people coming from the most trafficked tangent streets of Copacabana Barrio: Rua Figueiredo de Magalhães and Rua Santa Clara. The aim is to attract the crown in to its world of sand and pacifically showcase new ideas and concepts, bringing to light the transform-ability and importance of sand.
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