Local: Frontier between Bahia, Goiás and Minas Gerais | Property: 318 km² |
Master Plan : 6 km²| Building Projects 3.300m2
Integrated project of Architecture, Urbanism and Environmental Management for Environmental Reserve in the Center of Brazil, at the region called Cerrado. That has a very dry climate like the african savannah.
We designed spaces for breeding animals from this biome, among them: emas, peccaries, tortoises and birds. Several projects were also developed for the buildings that provide infrastructure for the operation of the reserve, including: Guest house, employees house, cafeteria, laboratory, laundry, storage room, gas station, technician’s house and guest house.
As the location is very far away from the capital ( a 5 hour drive in bad roads) we would have major problems regarding labor and material access. So we made the project considering a pre-fabrication of all the main structures (concrete and laminated wood) and the sealing elements. This will make the construction faster and the site more organized and with less environmental impact. It also facilitates future enlargements.
In order to adapt to the local climate (hot and dry), large openings have been made, which allow ventilation and natural lighting. Generous roofs provide shading. Water mirrors humidify the air, allow for more abundant vegetation, and create a micro-climate around the building.
Elevated constructions maintains the natural terrain profile, gives easy access to the maintenance of the plumbing and decreases the temperature of the building because there is an inferior ventilation integrated to the mirror of water.
There´s also a rainwater harvesting system integrated to the water mirrors, gardens and discharge; wind turbine for water pumping, solar panels for water heating and photovoltaic cell panels for electric energy production in independent stations.
Project made in partnership with the architects Bruno Layus, Lucio Fleury and Alan Borger.
This project was also developed with a group of specialists in biology and tourism.