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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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In the Palmeiras district of Sao Paulo, early 20th century former factory-workshops are aligned with strange blocks of cement that stand tall, facing the city and its towers. The building is a social and cultural center for employees. Its architect, Lina Bo Bardi, preferred to refer to it as a "citadel of leisure", a symbol, both of the reconversion of work premises and the affirmation of an Alternative, in front of the city. It is a major architectural example of "Architettura Povera".

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL65359

ISBN: 978-1-60057-669-0

Copyright date: ©2012

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