SESC POMPÉIA, Lina Bo Bardi, Brazil

This project used to be a factory complex, located in São Paulo, and was converted between 1977 and 1982, into a multi-purpose building by Lina Bo Bardi. It now contains a mixture of theatres, gymnasiums, a swimming pool, snack bars, leisure areas, restaurants, galleries, workshops etc.

In the mid seventies, an old factory for oil drums in Sao Paulo was not in use anymore, and the plan was to convert it to a recreational centre. Lina Bo Bardi stepped up, and decided to keep most of the complex the way it was, and preserve the characteristics of the site.

In order to keep the existing spatial qualities of the site, Lina’s approach was to freely place objects in the space. As an example, a thin structure of concrete divides the main hall, into a library, exposition space and collective living room – with a fireplace and river running through them all.

Mixing all groups of people within the City, this structure seems to invite everyone. It airs an openess in which all poeple are accepted and invited.

The actual building process was an experimentation in communal construction by different groups of neighbours within the area.

Lina’s drawing express the ‘life’ of the building – the activity and diversity that will be encorporated within it’s surroundings.