OOIIO has been commisioned to design 430 social housing units within a new sustainable neighborhood in Itajaí, Brazil, called Alameda dos Ipês.
The project, currently under construction, has been hard and long months of work and done in direct collaboration with other Brazilian architecture studios and promoters, being OOIIO the foreign team participating in the project, which has meant for us a learning experience and an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange and understanding of the functioning of the giant Latin American construction market.
Alameda dos Ipês is designed to meet all the requirements of the Brazilian social housing program “minha casa, minha vida” (my house, my life), aimed at setting the standards needed to design decent buildings for low-income social classes.
The building designed by OOIIO for this neighborhood aims to save as much money as possible and to play to our advantage with the many economic and legal restrictions to achieve quality and affordable architecture, understanding at all times the technical reality of the local construction market, in order to achieve a realistic project and quality standards much higher than similar projects in this area.
In addition to the design of the buildings and apartments, OOIIO has been also in charge for providing the planning with multiple architectural elements that, with few resources, make Alameda dos Ipês known as a promotion of “Social Urbanism”. The involvement of this project with the community life of its future tenants goes beyond the traditional design of social housing, but also wants the common spaces to be specially treated to encourage the inter-relationships of individuals, to promote sport, life in contact with nature, the interaction of different social groups and ages, respect for the environment, etc.
Alameda dos Ipês is therefore a project, already under construction, in which our client’s dream is becoming a reality: to truly achieve a much more social urbanism.