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UBS: A public healthcare facility in Brasilia, Brazil


Honorable Mention in national competition promoted by the Housing Development Company of the Federal District (CODHAB-DF), Brasília, Brazil.


Authors: Ana Rolim, Fábio Cordeiro, and Ana Rolim. Interns: Mariana Queiroz, Mateus Gibson, Natália Barreto, and Vinícius Lemos.

The competition called for the design of a public healthcare facility in a new planned town on the outskirts of Brasília, Brazil's political capital.

Taking inspiration from the elongated shape of the plot and viewing the circulation system as the building's spine, our design features a series of interconnected blocks resembling vertebrae. These blocks are linked by a continuous path offering panoramic exterior views.

In homage to Brasília's modernist heritage, the building is elevated on pilotis, creating space for a green area underneath. However, we introduced a twist: the traditional flat pilotis are transformed into a playful undulating topography, forming a public park that connects visually and physically with adjacent public squares at each end of the plot.

The project was featured on Archdaily, Concurso de Projetos, and Codhab web pages.

Conceptual building section

The proposal responds to the elongated shape of the plot, acting as a connector between existing public spaces at its both ends.

The proposed layout: A series of blocks connected by a continuous path with great exterior views

Overall view from exterior: The building floats over the plot, which becomes a pubic park

The first floor plan inserted into the urban fabric

The building mass is suspended off the ground, freeing up the green space below.

The ground floor becomes a public park connected to adjacent public squares at both ends of the plot

The building mass captures the modernist pilotis, typical in Brasilia, but transforms it into a playscape

First floor plan: Spaces work as the vertebrae of a spinal cord, with provisions for further expansion (at right end of plan)

First floor plan

Building sections

Section detail

Reception area

Exterior view at pilotis and interior view from connecting walkways

A typical medical office

A typical dental office

3d printed structural model of a typical building block

Competition board # 1

Competition board # 2

Competition board # 3

Competition board # 4

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