The project of the new convent of the Fraternità Francescana di Betania, entirely designed by an Italian team, is placed in the hard context of the favela of Sao Cristovao, in Salvador de Bahia.
It covers an area of about three hectares and incorporate, in addition to the areas dedicated to prayer and to the religious life, various social functions dedicated to the local community including a large refectory that can accommodate up to 300 people, a kindergarten, a school and a multi-specialized clinic.
The nature of the client, the complexity of the functional program and the delicate socio-economic context have created, for the design, a participation process lasted more than two years.The result is a "manifesto" project that combines economic, social and environmental issues creating an architecture that is strongly contextualized through a simple language, resulted from the use of local techniques and materials such as bamboo, rammed earth, papercrete, establishing a relationship with the context.
Sustainability is entrusted in part to the use of traditional techniques for passive cooling while the supplies of energy is guaranteed by the installation of photovoltaic / thermal panels made in Italy.
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