Brufe Social Center
VILA NOVA DE FAMALICÃO, PORTUGAL
The proposal suggests to create a building of fundemental importance for the community that inclues the parish of Brufe, Vila Nova de Famalicão. Possesing valences of social order, the building gives the population, in one single space, a vaste coverage, integrating all age groups, from younger to older. The program will consist of the following sections: Day Centre (20 people), Nursery (33 children) and Home for the elderly (24 people). The building will also be able to provide as a home care to the elderly(30 people).
Based on a block form some openings are carved to illuminate the interior space or in most cases tearing and piercing the building to its inner courtyard. The building is turned inside out: the exterior façades look opaque, dense, with just a few carves in the main points of the building like the stairs and the main entrance. The interior façades appear as a translucid and continuous glass curtain wall that embrace the internal patio shaded by proposed trees. In the top portion of the mass each carving provokes an event with its surroundings, covered parking spaces, main entrance, and a covered seating area for open air events.
The programs criteria is organized in functional blocks surrounding a central court yard. The physical communication within itself accentuates permanent visual relationship. The interconnection or independence when necessary is distributed in a permanent manner.
Brufe Social Center shortlisted for 2010 Secil Prize.