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Author: Ana Amélia Almeida / Advisor: Ana Rolim
Catholic University of Pernambuco (UNICAP), Brazil

The LGBTQI+ center proposal in Recife, Brazil, aims to combat exclusion and violence against the LGBTQ community by creating an inclusive space through innovative architectural design. Drawing from concepts of fragmentation and collage, the design reimagines traditional building types to foster acceptance and diversity.


Amidst alarming rates of violence against LGBTQI+ individuals globally, with Brazil being no exception, architecture is seen as a tool to alleviate social conflicts. The design process involves studying the site's characteristics, analyzing building types, and performing sectional operations to create hybridized spaces that challenge heteronormativity.


Located strategically near transportation hubs, a shopping mall, and LGBTQI+-friendly establishments, the center features diverse programmatic components across four levels. Each building type is associated with a specific color, strengthening the center's identity and inclusivity.


By embracing subversive spaces and challenging societal norms, the design aims to create a welcoming environment that celebrates diversity and supports the LGBTQI+ community.

This project represented the school in the Archiprix International competition of B.Arch graduation thesis as featured on the Archiprix webpage.

View from Southeast corner

The design is based on reinterpreting local building typologies and hybridizing them

Physical model facing South

Ground floor plan with three courtyards defined by an existing tree and adjacent backyards

View from Southwest corner

Isometric views of floor plans

View from sidewalk with space for street vendors incorporated to the building and housing balconies above

Ground level commercial spaces are in synch with the site and generate revenue for maintaining the Center.

Longitudinal building section

A public space for manifestations and cultural events is at the core of the building

The building is open and welcoming, assuring the presence of the LGBTQ center in the heart of the city

View from the lobby of the medical and psychological center

View towards main courtyard

View from bridge across the central courtyard

View from 1st floor with art gallery in the back

Art gallery space

View from courtyard on the upper floor cultural area and existing tree at right

Balcony in the residential units facing the street, similar to the surrounding townhouse typology

View from the rooftop where people could meet and appreciate city views

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