All images courtesy of BCMF Arquitetos / MACH Arquitetos
BCMF Arquitetos and MACH Arquitetos together have collaborated on a masterplan of the science & technology park of Itajubá. The city in Brazil is known for its variety in industrial districts and having a prestigious university system in the country. With this context, the scheme proves propitious for the construction of the science and technology park – an enterprise in which the partnership between the three spheres of government, private companies and the Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI) will create an environment conducive to innovation and development, both locally and for the country.
The vast scheme has been developed with an emphasis on the providing an organized environmental and landscape quality. A large park for public use, will aim to stimulate tourist activity meanwhile, the overall landscaping will have a respect and consistent connection with the low density and integration of the built environment. The forestation of streets in the urban planning is thematic, meaning each street corresponds to particular native tree species. Perennial species that require less water for irrigation will be planted, besides being able to promote sustainable landscaping, it will save on maintenance costs.
The architecture itself comprises of three new buildings: the administrative building, the startup incubators centre, and the maintenance centre. Although proposed as three separate and distinct structures, they have a common characteristic of using industrialized building systems such as modular precast concrete. Furthermore, the use and control of natural ventilation, lighting, and large openings establish the continuity between architectural space and landscape.