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Clube em Campinas


Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

October 2023


Cristiane Muniz (Founder partner), Fernando Viégas (Founder partner)


Joaquin Gak (coordinating architect), Julia Jabur (collaborating architect), Larissa Urbano (collaborating architect), Leonardo Sarabanda (collaborating architect), Matheus Pardal (collaborating architect


Artesano Urbanismo


Bebete Viégas


The construction elements define the Recreation Pavilion’s relationship with the landscape.
A single 70-meter-long roof connects the double-height spaces for collective use, with glass volumes that alternate between open and closed spaces. The prefabricated glued laminated wood structure ensures the lightness and rationality of the construction. The scale of the reforestation wood element points to a more extensive use of this abundant, renewable resource in Brazil; a commitment of contemporary architecture with sustainability. The west face is protected by an extensive perforated metal brise hanging from the roof, emphasizing the horizon.
All the smaller operational and sanitary facilities are concentrated in a linear piece of exposed concrete which unfolds into a water tower at one end and an access canopy at the other.
The counterpoint between the two elements establishes the constructive strategy, which is completed as a triad in the presence of the gabion walls.
The same logic was used to design the smaller access buildings, located in the upper part of the neighborhood. The roofs are constructed with prefabricated structures made of reforestation wood. The entrance's roof is supported by a single concrete pillar and the largest beam used is a 22-meter-long, the maximum size that allows transportation by trucks. Claddings are lightweight, industrialized elements such as glass and metal panels. The small concrete tower houses the water supply and waste disposal, as well as serving as a beacon at the top of the hill.
Each material was used to accentuate its qualities, chosen according to resource-saving criteria.


The site is located in Campinas, but on the edge of the metropolis. An old rural area that will be transformed into a new suburban neighborhood.
From the ground, it is possible to see the city skyline. The slight slope favors this panorama.
The proposed buildings are the founding pieces of the new neighborhood. At the highest point of the allotment, there is an administrative support block and an access gate, both made of glued laminated wood, as well as a small concrete water tower.
The wooden structures follow the idea of successive overlaying cantilevers, creating large spans and defining the identity of the neighborhood. Wood as the only renewable construction material, an ancestral resource that points to a possible future.
The decision of the recreational pavilion's accommodation level on the sloping hillside allows visual continuity for those passing through the access street above, delicately constructing an extensive line in the landscape as a counterpoint to the adjacent patch of preserved Atlantic Forest. It is in this green enclosure that a glade is formed to nestle the sports fields.
The earthwork necessary for the urbanization of the neighborhood, consolidated using gabion walls, was utilized to define a trapezoid for the installation of the recreational pavilion. The stones built the supporting walls that direct users to areas of collective use, configuring the spatiality from this materiality.
The building complex, combined with the extensive flooded pool area, constitute a territorial landscape scale. Vastness: the project is a discourse on horizontality and horizon.


A Recreational Pavilion in Brazil, due to the tropical climate, allows a close relationship between open and closed areas as continuities.
Basically, a shade that protects collective living spaces and the implementation of swimming pools and sports areas.
To ensure privacy, the building is located a level below the upper access street, from where it is only possible to see the wooden roof line and the garden above the concrete serpent. Through this gap, the forest can be seen in the background.
The sequence of collective uses (party and games rooms, children's playroom and gym) is intermediated by porches that function as lounges, which are connected to the landscape. In the afternoon, the double-height spaces are protected by the perforated metal sheet brise and, in the morning, allow sunlight to filter through the concrete block, that houses the infrastructure services (changing rooms, toilets, kitchens, storage) and braces the juxtaposed wooden structure to ensure slender columns.
The Recreation Pavilion spaces are slightly higher than the floor of the solarium, swimming pool and playground. The swimming pool is a large, flooded area, with underwater topography, which allows training and water games for all ages. It is the size of a small rectangular lake that mirrors the surroundings and reflects the sun's rays throughout the day.
A long walkway connects to the staggered sports courts sheltered between trees, protected from the wind, in a natural setting. From a new urbanization, a building that dissolves into the landscape.

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