This project is based on two basic premises, one is technical and the other is sensorial:
- The contemporary paradoxical situation of extreme dependence on scientific and technological advances and the great discomfort that this situation generally causes in society.
- The connection between the use and the design program with the site, the city and the user: the placement of the museum and its planetarium at a traffic circle creates, with the movement of the cars, a permanent metaphor for the orbital motion.
The building is located within the Campo de Bagatelle square in the northern area of São Paulo. This square was created as the north end of former mayor Prestes Maia’s north-south corridor. The circular site surrounded by vehicles required many specific solutions to fulfill the program requirements and the practical and symbolic aspirations – for example, we based the structure on a triangular module to create different and dynamic axes and incorporate the form into the traffic circle.
AREA: 43,000 m²
SCOPE: preliminary design