Vehicle Maintenance Workshop Recycled Into Stunning Cultural Center In Brazil

Auto Service Station Recycled Cultural Center In Brazil Photo
Photos: Helio Sperandio.

An old shed that used to serve as a vehicle maintenance workshop and a warehouse for the Federal University of Goias in the city of Goiania, Brazil, was recycled into a stunning cultural center for the institution.

Following the rule that the greenest building is the one already standing, architect Fernando Simon adapted the construction to enable the installation of spaces to host art exhibits, dance and music performances and workshops.Auto Service Station Recycled Cultural Center In Brazil Photo

Something interesting about the project is the minimal amount of intervention on the actual structure, keeping it simple but functional and attractive. From ArchDaily:

The formal composition of the building comes down to two cubes inserted diagonally into two sides of a rectangular prism flat on the ground. These architectural features emphasize the symbolic character of the building, suggesting the idea of being a container, holding within cutting edge creations of contemporary art.

New UFG Cultural Center Floor Plan Image
The deployment has created a terrace adjacent to the building. The terrace has the function of providing outdoor activities and offer users, especially the theater, mobility and dynamic performances. Internally, the building was configured in three distinct and interrelated areas: a theater, and art gallery and administration.

Auto Service Station Recycled Cultural Center In Brazil Photo
Auto Service Station Recycled Cultural Center In Brazil Photo
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