Projeto Acadêmico
Mestrado em Arquitetura - Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Professores Jorge Silvetti e Paul Nakazawa

The Maracana Culture Complex is a design that aims to connect the two sides of the Maracana area that have been divided by thick lines of infrasctructure.
To do that operation, it takes advantage of the existing resources of the site, strengthernign their programs and importance for the neighborhood.
As a result, it connects the Boa Vista Park with the sorroundings of the Maracana Stadium to form a large 107 ha park.
The main proposed architectural feature is a long pavilion-like building that extends its body from the National Museum to the North untill the Indigenous Museum to the south side of the site.
In this 665 meters’ extension it also connects with the library of the National Museum and creates a series of other programs that give support to the existing institutions as well as create new ones.

The collections of the National Museum range from Zoology, Archeology, Ethnology, Geology and Paleontology. It has also several masters and PhDs offered at the building.
As a general rule, the idea is to free the area of the existing museum for exhibitions open to the public. The existing educational components, and the storage of the museum collections will be relocated into the new pavilions such as:
• a new auditorium;
• exhibition component for kids [host the museum-school project];
• laboratory for the researchers;
• storage facilities;
• educational facilities;
• administrative areas;
The library of the National Museum is specialized in anthropological and natural sciences. At present, it has around 470.000 volumes: 32.000 books and 410.000 periodicals. The actual library gained recently an addition.

The historical site of the indigenous museum in the Maracana site is not been used as the museum nowadays. Due to the precarious conditions of the building it has been transferred to Botafogo where the exhibitions are taking place. The indigenous people are working to revitalize the building so that the museum can come back to its original historical site.

The recreational center is based on the SESC Pompeia and wants to gather all the social life of the neighborhoods that sorround the park and already make some use of it. It wants to consolidate the bounds of these different neighborhoods offering cultural and recreational activities.
It proposes a new community library with a completely different approach from the museum library. Its goal is to reach a general public instead of researchers. It has attached to it a large space for exhibitions.
There is a sports component comprising courts, swimming pools, changing rooms, dance and gymn spaces.
It also has a workshop component with shop space that deals with ceramics, wood, graphic design and photography.
Storage, maintanence, staff changing rooms, adminstrative areas and a market complete the program.


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