‘cais das artes’ by metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha, vitória, brazil all images courtesy metro arquitetos associados

 

 

 

são paulo-based firm metro arquitetos associados and pritzker prize winning brazilian architect paulo mendes da rocha have collaborated to create ‘cais das artes’, also known as the ‘quay of arts’ a theater and museum on an island in vitória, brazil. overlooking the suá bay and canal which forms the isle it is being constructed on, the structure frames the hilly landscape and city through a suspended gateway which balances the historical context with a contemporary exterior. arranged around a public square, the complex will become a cultural center hosting theatrical shows and open-air exhibitions as well as a cafe and bookstore. the 3,000 square meter gallery spaces and auditorium for 1,300 spectators may be used for various events including concerts, plays and dance shows.

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes view of the complex

 

 

 

the structural system of the elongated museum is comprised of two pre-stressed reinforced concrete beams spaced 20 meters from each other. the parallel elements have a depth of seven meters and are supported with pillars at three points along their length, distributing the loads of the three gallery levels above. attached to the building, an annexed tower contains the additional spaces including storage facilities and offices. across the open plaza resides the theater, which is placed partially within the water to create an outdoor veranda for outdoor dining with immediate access to the ocean view.

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes view from the harbor

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes plaza and sculpture between the structures

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes entrance to the museum

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes interior view from first level

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes at dusk

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes concrete cantilever image © leonardo finotti

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes under construction image © leonardo finotti

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes building within the surrounding context image © leonardo finotti

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes context plan

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes site plan

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes floor plan / level 1

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes floor plan / level 2

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes floor plan / level 3

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes section

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes theater floor plan / level 0

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes theater floor plan / level 1

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes theater section

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes theater section

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes sketch

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes sketch

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes sketch

metro arquitetos associados + paulo mendes da rocha: cais das artes sketch

 

 

project info:

 

client: government of the state of espírito santo and arcelormittal-cst (companhia siderurgica de tubarão) project: may 2007-may 2008 square total area: 26,500m2 museum total area: 8,500m² theater total area: 14,000m² architecture: paulo mendes da rocha metro arquitetos associados: martin corullon, anna ferrari, gustavo cedroni, flavio rogozinski, marcia terazaki, miki itabashi [architects]; paloma delgado, paula mendonça [trainees]. structure: kurkdjian & fruchtengarten engenheiros associados – eng. jorge zaven kurkdjian electric, hydraulic and complementary installations: etip projetos de engenharia – eng. airton vianna hydraulic and draining consulting: eng. julio cerqueira césar automation and security project: hos projetos air conditioning: thermoplan engenharia térmica – eng. eizo kosai acoustics and theater technique: acústica & sônica consultores – arq. josé augusto nepomuceno lighting design: ricardo heder e juliana pongitor waterproofing projects: proassp assessoria e projetos – eng. silvana special flooring projects: lpe engenharia e consultoria – eng. silvia maria botacini