A team led by Gabriel Kozlowski Maia of Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio), Brazil was awarded the Holcim Awards “Next Generation” third prize for a proposal to densify and upgrade the PUC-Rio campus.Media release – Sustainable construction as a key to better urban life » Leia mais (Portuguese) » Más información (Spanish) »
The jury found the general approach of the project convincing, densifying the campus on the one hand and creating new public spaces on the other. The necessity of handling existing structures is a theme of high value, particularly because the project dares to deal with well-designed buildings. The claim of promoting simplicity is well presented in the strategy, yet certain appropriate technical proposals are made. The design also responds successfully in terms of the site’s context with a strong architectural language.
The disorder within the university campus of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro and the lack of space initiated the Binding infrastructure: expanding the university’s capacity project.
The relocation of a parking area that today disturbs the entrances to the campus to an unused roof slab of a tunnel is the first component of the project. The second and major intervention is a new structure, connecting and thus upgrading two existing buildings in the same entrance area of the campus. This multistory structure shall also serve as a symbol, demonstrating togetherness by linking not only the two existing major structures but also the new parking facility.Download project entry poster (PDF, 761.11 KB) »See more
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