Gallery: Green-Roofed Sebrae HQ Harnesses Passive Design to Keep its Co...

The pools serve a function beyond creating a visually interesting space -- prevailing breezes are cooled when entering the courtyard, creating a micro climate.

The office building is deceptively simple from a distance, appearing as a 3-story vertical grid of screened windows on one side flanked by concrete walls. Visitors who venture closer discover an undulating form where the front lawn becomes a roof, the promenade transitions towards reflecting pools, and the extensively shaded courtyard is fed by the offices and multi-use spaces surrounding it.


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  1. andrew michler April 11, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Not if you throw enough cold water on it @lazyreader.

  2. lazyreader April 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

    If you go to Hawaii, the Hawaii state capital building has a reflecting pool that reflects……..scum. And bare concrete and open steel does not bode well for Brazil’s hot humid climate.

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