PRELIMINARY PROJECT FOR LARGO DO GLICÉRIO
The bones of a building yet to come, the bones of a building never to be: this
is what remains on the site this is what now is used as the kernel of a
village. This unfinished building, this skeleton of building, functions now as
the access to the village, This unfinished building functions now as the initial
support of the village.
From each floor, above of the ground floor, a walkway (made of steel grating)
goes out to a neighboring lamppost; the walkway is supported, on one side, by
the floor of the building and, on the other side, by the lamppost. From the lamppost,
cable comes down to support the walkway in the middle _ the lamppost resemble
now the masts of a ship.
Each lamppost holds one "place", "one habitation", "one
park" in the village. You enter the village, you start your access
to the places in the village, by means of the existent stairways of the building.
One walkway goes to the nearest lamppost, in front of the building, toward
the street. This lamppost holds an amphitheater around a set of television sets,
supported on the lamppost. This acts as an entertainment place, a little theater.
One walkway goes out to the lamppost down the street, where the street start
to become an elevated highway. This lamppost holds an amphitheater that faces
the opposite direction, out toward the street, out toward the city. This acts
as an observation point, a resting place, a place to sit and look out at your
surroundings from above.
One walkway goes out to the furthest lamppost, behind the building, near the
elevated highway. This lamppost holds a circular table, surround by a circular
bench. This acts as a resting place, an eating place, a meeting place.
On each lamppost theres a spiral staircase, around the lamppost, that
takes you from level to level. The stairs are made of steel grating, like the
walkway. The habitation-place (seats, table, etc.) on each lamppost are made of
At the top of each lamppost is a rain collector, like a upside-down umbrella.
This is made of The used material is corrugated plastic, fiberglass, polycarbonate.
It collects water for the village, water for the fixtures contained in the building
You enter, from the building, onto a walkway that takes you out to the lamppost;
then you walk up or down the spiral staircase, around the lamppost; then you walk
back to the building on another walkway, that takes you to another level. The
building is your base of operations: from each floor of the building, you go out
to another lamppost.
The unfinished building functions as the private part of the village. Bathroom
units _ toilets stalls _ are plugged into the first and second floors. The units
are like capsules propped on the edges of each floor; each unit is half on the
floor and half in mid-air; the units are made of corrugated translucent fiberglass
(youre enclosed within the unit, but your shadow is seen from outside).
On the roof is a water-trough, for washing. The water for bathroom-units, and
for the water-trough, is provided by the rain-collectors on the lamppost; pipes
take the water to the unfinished building.
The village is lit by the existent lampposts. Light passes down, through the
corrugated fiberglass of the upside-down umbrellas, onto the amphitheater and
the seats and table. Within the unfinished building, a system of mirrors reflects
light, from the lamppost, into the buildings.