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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Residencial Sílvio Baccarelli known as ‘Heliópolis Gleba H’ in São Paulo, Brazil by Vigliecca & Associados

 
October 26th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Vigliecca & Associados

The housing project and urban plan Heliópolis Gleba H, in Heliópolis, one of the biggest favela in Brazil with over than 130.000 people in São Paulo, the biggest city of Latin America, is the second of Brazilian architectural firm Vigliecca & Associados at this community. The first one, called Heliópolis Gleba A (2012), became a reference to the dwellers, who asked for similar houses when a new housing development was announced. They considered the apartments’ wide service area as one of the projects highlights that contributes to quality of life.

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

  • Architects: Vigliecca & Associados
  • Project: Heliópolis Gleba H
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Photography: Leonardo Finotti

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

The biggest challenge of this project was to integrate the new buildings to a former housing project by COHAB – Metropolitan Housing Company, which was not completed – from nine buildings only five were built, three were unfinished and one was destroyed by fire – and generated an irregular space void that was occupied by shanties.

Vigliecca’s project proposal was to give shape to these residual areas left between the COHAB buildings – where people lived in a precarious and unhealthy situation – with new buildings, migrating the shanties dwellers to the apartments, and creating public spaces and leisure areas. Furthermore, the redevelopment of the area provides links between pedestrians and vehicles, public and private area.

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

The COHAB buildings that were partially constructed and damaged, as well as the shanties, were removed. The architects have created an internal road system, with no curbs or gutters which reinforce the idea of unity. The surface drainage occurs in the axis of the street, and the new housing units are integrated with the existing blocks. They also have created a recreation area with a playground, a square and a sports court. Poles to illuminate the square and the sport court were installed. The project also undertook site’s reforestation.

Image Courtesy © Vigliecca & Associados

Image Courtesy © Héctor Vigliecca

The architects opted for low-rise buildings with different housing units, in a maximum of five floors in order to generate a friendly relationship with the pre-existing buildings and neighborhood. Altogether, 200 units were created, with 50 square meters and two bedrooms each. \”Heliópolis Gleba H urban plan and housing project is not simply the literal answer to an isolated problem of social housing construction, but it is related of the construction of the city. We don’t use a preconceived model of the formal city, we design based on local conditions, taking into account architecture, geography, spatial and social structures”, says architect and urban planner Héctor Vigliecca, founder of Vigliecca & Associados.

Image Courtesy © Vigliecca & Associados

Image Courtesy © Héctor Vigliecca

Image Courtesy © Vigliecca & Associados

Image Courtesy © Héctor Vigliecca

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