paulo mendes da rocha + metro arquitetos: cais das artes
paulo mendes da rocha + metro arquitetos: cais das artes paulo mendes da rocha + metro arquitetos: cais das artes
mar 14, 2013

paulo mendes da rocha + metro arquitetos: cais das artes

‘cais das artes’ by paulo mendes da rocha + metro arquitetos, vitoria, brazilimage © metro arquitetosall images courtesy of metro arquitetos



designboom has recently returned from a short trip to sao paulo where we met up with esteemed brazilian architect paulo mendez da rocha and martin corullon of local practice metro arquitetos associados to take a look at their latest collaborative project now under construction. the ‘cais das artes’, or ‘pier of the arts’, is an appropriately-named museum and theater complex located in vitoria, just north of rio de janeiro along sua bay’s built coast. the site is a recently created concrete plane along the dock in an area benefiting from lovely views of the native landscapeand the city backdrop, amongst new constructions and historical treasures. the primary strategy was to command this important space to convert it into the cultural center of the metropolis while preserving the character of place — not an easy task considering the very large masses that would need to be built to accommodate a three-level museum and 1,300-seat theater.


architect paulo mendes da rocha sums up the crux of the project:


‘this is an urban-oriented architectural action, in the sense of adjusting history and geography to a desired view of the present, indicating at the same time a museological conception, an effort to combine art and science, under an integrated perspective.’


see additional information in designboom’s studio visit to da rocha’s office here.



image © metro arquitetos



the massing concept was therefore to lift the program off the ground plane, freeing an expansive plaza for large scale artistic events and more importantly opening views through the site at human-scale, both onto land and out to sea. the exhibition spaces are located in the 69 meter long pre-tensioned parallel concrete beams measuring 7 meters high touching the ground at only six points. twenty-meter bays regulated by the spans in between anchoring columns. interstitial platforms house the display areas visually connected to each other, reflecting indirect natural light off the floors. support and services are all located in a 22 m2 by 23-meter high annexed cube connected to the main volume by bridges. the museum can be conceived of as a bridge typology with a cafe, restaurants, bookstores and open-air exhibit space greeting visitors at the plaza. the theater is located in a structurally echoed, albeit independent, volume that is partially supported over the sea. the centrally-located performance hall uses 10-meter wide lateral corridors for support functions and circulation. only the technical areas under the stage are actually connected to the ground for ease of equipment transportation.



view from the bridgeimage © metro arquitetos



elevationimage © metro arquitetos



exterior courtyard between the museum and theaterimage © metro arquitetos



image © metro arquitetos



interiorimage © metro arquitetos




overall construction progress image © metro arquitetos



image © leonardo finotti



‘cais das artes’ by paulo mendes da rocha + metro arquitetos, sao paulo, brazilimage © metro arquitetos



‘cais das artes’ by paulo mendes da rocha + metro arquitetos, sao paulo, brazilimage © metro arquitetos



‘cais das artes’ by paulo mendes da rocha + metro arquitetos, sao paulo, brazilimage © leonardo finotti



image © leonardo finotti



image © leonardo finotti



image © leonardo finotti



‘cais das artes’ by paulo mendes da rocha + metro arquitetos, sao paulo, brazilimage © metro arquitetos



view down the long structure on the exhibition platformsimage © leonardo finotti



secondary steel structureimage © leonardo finotti



image © metro arquitetos



bridges connecting the main museum volume to the annex (photo from the annex)image © metro arquitetos



cube addition facadeimage © metro arquitetos



construction materialsimage © leonardo finotti




site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2



floor plan / level 3













project info:



name of project: quay of arts | museum and theaterclient: government of the state of espírito santo and arcelormittal-cst (companhia siderurgica de tubarão)project: may 2007-may 2008square total area: 26,500m2museum total area: 8,500m²theater total area: 14,000m²architecture: paulo mendes da rocha; metro arquitetos associados: martin corullon, anna ferrari, gustavo cedroni collaborators from metro arquitetos associados: flavio rogozinski, marcia terazaki, miki itabashi, paloma delgado, paula mendonça, marina ioshii, francisca lopes, rafael de sousa silva, bruno jin young kim, alfonso simelio jurado, paula nóia, pedro mesquita.structure: kurkdjian & fruchtengarten engenheiros associados, eng. jorge zaven kurkdjianelectric, hydraulic and complementary installations: etip projetos de engenharia, eng. airton viannahydraulic and draining consulting: eng. julio cerqueira césarautomation and security project: hos projetosair conditioning: thermoplan engenharia térmica, eng. eizo kosaiacoustics and theater technique: acústica & sônica consultores, arq. josé augusto nepomucenolighting design: ricardo heder e juliana pongitorspecial flooring projects: lpe engenharia e consultoria, eng. silvia maria botaciniwaterproofing projects: proassp assessoria e projetos, eng. silvana

  • Parabéns ao arquiteto Paulo Mendes da Rocha pela concepção do Cais das Artes.
    Inspirou-me pensar que os viadutos de perimetrais poderiam abrigar shoppings, edifícios de negócios e estacionamentos, no bojo de suas estruturas, promovendo acessos e decessos diretamente de suas pistas, diminuindo consideravelmente o trânsito nos centros urbanos.
    Embora seja leigo, aprendi a admirar a arquitetura, além de me preocupar com as anacrônicas estruturas urbanas atuais, sem qualquer planejamento para o homem, para sua locomoção, descanso e lazer, apesar do avanço tecnológico.

    Sergius says:
  • Pra mim, isso é no máximo um pedaço de viaduto.

    Paulo Engenheiro says:
  • Mahalo for the excellent construction pictures.

    Dan says:

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