The new UFCSPA Igara sports campus in Brazil is more than a public institution-it is a bold and green public space as well. This was the guiding principle behind the proposal designed by OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo, who created a two-faced plan for the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre to have two levels of programmatically diverse spaces.
Two tall building on each end of the longitudinal axis house the university activities and frame a large square meant to encourage diversity of users. The ground floor is made up of various spaces, including an enclosed complex of courts. This level is topped with another layer of sports-related environments.
“The Campus does not stop,” said the architects. “A project cannot stop or even detrimentally interfere in the routine of the campus. Besides, the project is composed of a mixed structural system of steel and concrete in its best features: tension and compression. The solution not only reduces waste and spending but also shortens the time of the construction.”
The buildings are oriented to receive lower thermal loads and proper ventilation. Acting as a natural extension of the sidewalk, the program offers functions that go beyond the required academic activities and encourages diversity of users.