SESC Pompeia (00:53)
See the Pompeia Leisure Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, built between 1977 and 1986.
Background of Leisure Center (02:21)
The SESC began in private houses, as a works council. Learn about the career of Lina Bo Bardi, architect of the Leisure Center. She discusses her beliefs about architecture.
Recycling Buildings (02:13)
Bo Bardi preserved the building layouts, structure, and nineteenth century workshop facades. Inside, she removed partitions to create a large hall.
Industrial Architecture (01:54)
The buildings have concrete pillars built on François Hennebique's method, and tie beams above them; the roofs have wooden frames.
Minimal Changes (01:06)
Bo Bardi replaced some roofing with glass bricks. She opposes fitted carpets and air conditioning; she discusses her approach to the leisure center.
SESC Library (02:52)
The library has two levels of reading rooms, including a mezzanine. The space under the mezzanine is a children's workshop.
SESC Space (03:00)
Bo Bardi avoided walls and doors in the great hall. A stream and furniture structures the area- a Japanese conception of space.
SESC Theater (01:19)
Bo Bardi transformed the theater foyer, to balance the enclosure of the theater. Building structure made a round, Elizabethan theater unworkable.
Sports Facility Exterior (02:08)
Bo Bardi created a vertical building for the Leisure Center's sports facility. Externally, it evokes the world of work; Bo Bardi wanted it brutal, not beautiful.
Sports Facility Interior (00:57)
In the sports facility, floor plans are open. The floors have names of the seasons.
Windowless Facility (01:41)
Rather than windows for the sports facility, Bo Bardi created "prehistoric holes" with free shaped outlines; trellises cover the holes.
SESC Changing Rooms (02:10)
Bo Bardi put changing rooms and showers in a tower across the river from the sports facility, with gangways in between.
SESC Water Tower (01:03)
Bo Bardi designed a fake chimney, used as a water tower. She covered the river and canal with a deck, creating a solarium.
Architettura Povera (01:49)
Bo Bardi discusses Architettura Povera, and how the Leisure Center enriches lives in the poor city. She pursued the happiness of working class SESC members.
Credits: The Citadel of Leisure - The Pompeia Social Service Centre in Sao Paulo: Architectures - Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:25)
Credits: The Citadel of Leisure - The Pompeia Social Service Centre in Sao Paulo: Architectures - Achievements in Modern Architecture
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