in the bustling urban center of são paulo, on the corner of rua 24 de maio and rua dom josé de barros, a new building provides a wealth of leisure and culture spread across 14 storeys. the project, which has been completed by paulo mendes da rocha and MMBB arquitetos, is the latest destination of SESC — a non-profit brazilian institution that has a variety of outposts across the country. the development, which reuses an existing structure in the city center, includes a rooftop swimming pool and a subterranean theater. other facilities in the building include sports facilities, a library, and even a dental clinic.

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
the project includes a rooftop swimming pool
image © nelson kon (also main image)

 

 

in developing ‘SESC 24 de maio,’ paulo mendes da rocha and MMBB sought to maximize the generation proportions of the original building by removing many of the ungainly additions and that it had accumulated over the years. at ground level, a public square is viewed as an extension of the city’s urban fabric — inviting pedestrians to enter. above, 14 storeys are connected with a set of ramps, which clarify and enhance the building’s circulation. a restaurant and public living room are found on the third and fourth floors respectively.

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
the development reuses an existing structure in the city center
image © nelson kon

 

 

the next three storeys contain the building’s cultural programming, with a library occupying a single level and an exhibtion hall above. the next floor, which contains offices, features a void at its center, allowing views to the gallery space below. above, at the eighth storey, a dental clinic allows visitors to see a dentist on site. the next three levels are occupied by a range of sports facilities, including a gym, a rock climbing wall, and dance studios.

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
a wealth of leisure and culture is spread across 14 storeys
image © nelson kon

 

 

finally, the building is topped with an outdoor pool, while locker rooms and changing facilities are found on the level below. the ‘pool garden,’ which serves coffee and snacks, is found one storey down and offers shade from the hot sun. below grade, a new theater replaces what was an underground garage. the building is clad with glass, which not only presents external views of the city for guests, but also exposes its inner workings to passersby.

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
a set of ramps clarify and enhance the building’s circulation
image © nelson kon

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
the destination is located in the bustling urban center of são paulo
image © nelson kon

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
cultural programming features a library and an exhibtion hall
image © nelson kon

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
breakout areas can be used for a variety of purposes
image © nelson kon

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
a range of sports facilities include a gym and a rock climbing wall
image © nelson kon

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
the ‘pool garden’ serves coffee and snacks and offers respite from the hot sun
image © nelson kon

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
the building is crowned with the outdoor pool
image © nelson kon

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
the project has been completed by paulo mendes da rocha and MMBB arquitetos
image © nelson kon

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
a new theater replaces what was an underground parking garage
image © nelson kon

paulo mendes da rocha SESC 24 de maio
the building is clad with glass, which exposes its inner workings to passersby
image © nelson kon

 

 

project info:

 

architecture: paulo mendes da rocha
contributors: fernando mello franco, marta moreira, and milton braga
team: eduardo ferroni, márcia terazaki, marina sabino, marina acayaba, jacques rordorf, thiago rolemberg, rodrigo brancher, ana carina costa, adriano bergemann, cecília góes, giovanni meirelles, maria joão figueiredo, gleuson pinheiro, guilherme pianca, martin benavidez, rafael monteiro, lucas vieira e julia marques
structure: kurkdjian e fruchtengarten engenheiros associado
foundations: MAG projesolos engenheiros associados
installations: PHE projetos hidráulicos e elétricos
air conditioning: jmt projetos
acoustics: nepomuceno acústica e sônica
cenotécnica: j.c. serroni
sound: alexandre sresnewsky
lighting: espaço luz
comfort: daltrini e granado arquitetura e conforto ambiental
logistics: marciano engenharia
property supervision: SI2 – soluções inteligentes
vertical transport: EMPRO engenharia de produção
dentistry: terra arquitetura
kitchen: núcleo ora
waterproofing: proassp acessória e projetos
concrete floor and drainage: LPE engenharia e consultoria
frames: AEC – consultores
engineering of SESC: eng. amilcar joão gay filho, eng. humberto bigaton e eng. alberto costa souza neto

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news