“Sensitive to the climate and coherent with the Amazonian culture”
Project description by jury
The project’s objective is to provide housing for the low-income riverside population of Manaus currently living in precarious and risky conditions. The design takes inspiration from the traditional stilt and floating house typology to not only suit the local environmental conditions (including the seasonal fluctuation in water levels of the river) but also to recover and recognize the value of indigenous cultural identity. The complex is organized on three different levels: a primary floating level mainly used for fishing and resting, a second floor above the water where collective commercial and cultural spaces are located, and an upper level occupied by dwellings. The project also includes a landscape intervention that connects with public leisure areas. Particular attention is paid to the optimization of natural resources through the adoption of water reuse and solar energy systems. To strengthen the local economy, material supply consists almost exclusively of local wood, and the local labor force is involved in the construction.