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Text description provided by the architects. For a plot of about 920 square meters, located in the quiet center of Cesário Lange, the design of a building consisting of flexible spaces, properly adapted to house small establishments with varied uses, mainly for commercial and service activities, was ordered. The complex is located on the opposite corner of “Galpões CL”, a project previously developed by VAGA for the same entrepreneur. The area enjoys an open relationship with a forested stream linked to one of the main roads leading to the city, where residents practice sports and recreational activities daily.
The main purpose of implementing the complex was to support the economic development of the municipality, mainly linked to agriculture and industry, as well as to promote regional development, and to provide suitable spaces for renting shops and offices, in a place that still lacks such equipment. Therefore, creating something of a simple and attractive nature, capable of enhancing the vitality of the street and elevating it to the status of a space not only for circulation but for survival and civic coexistence, was established as a primary challenge. By combining communal living spaces with spaces for commerce, a mutually beneficial relationship between the public and private sectors is created.
Since it was a cornerstone, it was also appropriate to construct two fronts with visual permeability that would enhance the direct connection between the street and the proposed programme, essential for the proper operation of the ideal uses. In the corner, a square was created above the street level, creating a connection point between the business complexes and the main street, the stream and the cottage group square in the adjacent corner, forming a meeting place.
As a way to solve the pre-existing disparity, the six two-story commercial units are arranged in two floors, and can be combined with each other, adapting to the pavement topography. In addition to flexibility in integration or subdivision between groups, spaces must easily be able to accommodate a variety of possible uses and allow, through small modifications, changes in use without major complications or complex structural interventions. Therefore, the modular units have only the basic infrastructure of WC and storeroom, stair access to the upper floor, and a system of strategically placed fixtures, prioritizing the practicality of end adaptations and promoting great freedom for future occupations.
As a construction, the project takes into account previously imposed cost constraints and proposes a simple, low-maintenance structure, consisting of a traditional reinforced concrete structure and precast panels, linked by ceramic block closures. The roof, in turn, consists of light metal frame sheds and thermo-acoustic tiles. These sloping roof elements allow continuous lighting and natural ventilation for the groups, reducing reliance on artificial resources to ensure the comfort of the building. Generous openings in the shop windows on the ground floor and in the windows on the upper floor facing the green that borders the riverbed.
Materials are also presented in a plain and simple way: the walls are painted white, the interior floors are polished concrete and the exterior floors are ceramic. In contrast to the material and constructive simplicity, an object, full of complexity in its size, awakening a game full of light and shadows, is constructed in a composition that gradually reveals itself according to the path taken by the viewer.