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.
Community Center Serra Dourada in Vespasiano, Brazil by Gustavo Penna Architect & Associates
July 3rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Gustavo Penna Architect & Associates
The intervention proposed at the Community Center Serra Dourada stablishes a very respectful relationship with the original elements of the ranch, giving it a unique character to this place. The new buildings were conceived to minimize the interventions on the topography and to preserve the maximum of the original vegetation.
The Club Pavilion lands on the existent plateau, where previously were the barn. While keeping the original trees, a natural barrier for the morning and late afternoon sun is created through the landscape design.
The functional organization of the pavilion is in line, with one side with access of pedestrians and vehicles, parking lot and technical and support areas, connected to the rest of the club through a series of living verandas and circulation spaces. Generous ceiling heights define the character of spaces like the Ballroom, Game room, Spa and Fitness rom. In some spaces, like the sauna and the restrooms, this ceiling allows the creation of technical stories for water reservoirs and equipment.
These spaces are interconnected to the swimming pool terrace by a big veranda, creating open spaces and permitting, by many areas of the club, the view to the woods and to the areas of permanent preservation of the condominium. A wood deck, interconnected to the veranda and the swimming pool terraces, following the topography in different levels, embracing many jabuticabeiras existents in the local. Creating then a sun shaded open area, ideal for parents to relax while their kids play on the adjacent playground.
A small patio creates a nice ambience for the fitness and makes the transition to an isolated gourmet area, making its way through a wooden deck until the lake.
Metallic Structure was the chosen structure for the Club Pavilion, because it can make big spaces with thin structural pieces, allowing, without major interferences, the use of big glass panels on the facades of the spaces. The ceiling is made by a thin layer of a thermal acoustic metal tiles, with wood tiles on the inside, with the same wood tiles on the outside but with more space between them.