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Project authors: Daniel Victor e Octávio Marcelo / Instructors: Ana Rolim & Robson Canuto

Catholic University of Pernambuco (UNICAP), Brazil

In the early 2000s, the Recife/Olinda Cultural Tourist Complex urban plan proposed the establishment of a branch of the Guggenheim Museum (GM) in Recife, as part of efforts to revitalize the city's waterfront and historic port area. Our studio revisited this concept, tasking students with designing a new GM within a monumental warehouse in the oldest neighborhood and former port of Recife.

Students conducted critical analyses of museum circulation typologies and morphological studies of the site, producing physical and digital models and drawings. This proposal draws inspiration from the scale and fluidity of the "sugar dunes" found at the site, aiming to preserve the memory of the warehouse and port culture. By studying the material composition and interaction of sugar particles, students created a responsive and engaging architectural form.

Overall view of the project

Project site in the oldest neighborhood of the city of Recife, NE Brazil

Location plan in Old Recife Neighborhood, where the city actually started in 1537

The sugar warehouses are located in a now considered a top security location, which represents a large obstacle to development in the Northernmost end of the island

Experiments with sugar as part of the form-generating process

Process digital model

Isometric view of the complex

Process physical model

Process model

Process model

Section AA

Interior view if the main atrium

Cross section CC

Interior view

Overall view from the water

Detail of CLT structure and its anchorage

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