Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
New Waterfront for Porto Alegre in Brazil by b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos
June 1st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos
The architectural practice b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, the designers of the Veles e Vents building for the 32nd edition of the America’s Cup, will now tackle the revitalisation of a 2.5-km stretch of waterfront in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in collaboration with Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados. The project is aimed at transforming the Cais Mauá dock area – a rundown, disused part of the city – into a business, culture and leisure centre for the 2014 World Cup. The project to revitalise the former dock area is expected to cost approximately E198 million.
The intervention, to be carried out in a 181,000-m2 area, will involve building a business park, a hotel, and a shopping centre designed to meet sustainability criteria. Disused warehouses in the dock area (built in 1920) will be transformed into dining and shopping spaces while maintaining the original appearance of the buildings. Respect for the cultural and historical significance of the buildings to be restored is a key aspect of the architectural project, which also stresses responsible use of natural resources.
The government of the state of Rio Grande do Sul has awarded a private concession for the execution and operation of the project to the Porto Cais Mauá do Brasil S.A. Consortium. The consortium is headed by the Spanish company Landside, which brings together the companies SPIM, GIS Trade Center, Proactiva, Iberosport and Contern. Under the concession agreement, the consortium will operate the new businesses for 25 years.
The transformation of Porto Alegre’s waterfront is aimed at re-establishing a direct, human relationship with the Guaíba River, restoring the area’s historical and cultural heritage, and creating a new icon for the Brazilian city. b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos will work in collaboration with the architectural practice Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados to carry out this ambitious project, which involves three key zones on the city’s waterfront.
Warehouses. A 1.5-km stretch of restored early 20th-century warehouse buildings.
Docks. A new business and leisure zone for one of the 2014 World Cup venues.
Gasômetro. Meticulous restoration of a historical building, with the emphasis on sustainability.
About b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
This awarding consolidates b720’s internationalization strategy, which focuses on exporting values of innovation, sustainability and quality that have always identified b720’s architectural practice.
b720 projects have been featured in exhibitions held at major international museums, such as the MoMA in New York, and in leading architectural magazines (The Architectural Review, A+U, Domus, The Plan, Mark, and Arquitectura Viva, among
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