The Itabira UNIFEI campus is founded in the same philosophy that characterizes the University: to be a model institution in academic excellence and technology. Its project reflects the idea of sustainability promoted and defended by the institution: the valorization of natural products and goods and of the surrounding features, like the topography, the trees, the existing landscape, the springs and lakes. The propositions and interventions invite the visitor to take action and to participate in all the aspects of conservation, as it turns the spaces into places for learning.
The setting of the buildings aims at the maximum sun exposure and the best position relating to the wind and the contour lines, assuring minimum earthworks on the original terrain. In the unbuilt areas, the natural slope will be preserved as conservation areas. The lake will be emphasized in the complex, reinsuring its importance within the institution’s environment. The usage and contemplation of the spatialities and landscapes are the beginning of a corresponsibility pact. The true guardian of the environmental, cultural and urban heritages is that who, in his spontaneous relation with the spaces, builds his own belonging and transfers to them his expectations of public life.
The main public attractions of Itabira UNIFEI campus will be located apart from each other, making possible their simultaneous use in different events. Two main entrances allow for better access control and the possibility of using the complex without the need of crossing the whole campus, thus lightening the infrastructure.
Project name: UNIFEI – Itabira Campus
Architecture: Gustavo Penna, Norberto Bambozzi, Laura Penna, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Marcus Flávio Martins, Alyne Ferreira, Catarina Hermanny, Natália Ponciano, Alice Leite Flores, Ana Isabel de Sá, Hiromi Sassaki, Naiara Costa, Henrique Neves, Fernanda Tolentino, Carolina Castro,Ravi Motta, Oded Stahl
Location: Itabira – Minas Gerais – Brazil
Year designed: 2011/2012
Projected area: approx. 95.000m²
Images: Casa Digital