WAN Future Projects Education Award 2015 Winner Announced: OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo winners for their UFCSPA Campus Igara project in Canoas, Brazil

OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo won the WAN Future Projects Education Award 2015 for their outstanding work on the UFCSPA Campus Igara project in Brazil.

The winner was chosen from a shortlist of six high calibre international projects by WAN judges, who also wished to make special mention of one of the other shortlisted projects: NAC Architecture’s school project in Seattle, Hazel Wolf K-8, which came an extremely close second.

This is the premise and guiding goal for the development of the new campus of UFCSPA. In an urban context still growing, Campus Igara emerges as a potential articulating element of both spatial and human relationships that surrounds it. A square, fluid and permeable as is supposed to be, in contrast to the volumetric density that the programmatic solution suggests in a first approach.

One site, two faces. Two possibilities of connection with the city. The concept ‘front x back’, ‘public x services’ was never an option. A longitudinal axis, accessible and inviting, connects the two faces – interfaces. On the face of the buildings, the eyes of the city.

The program develops within the natural extension of the sidewalk. The open space articulates the Campus’ functions far beyond the academic activities, uses which also encourages diversity of users. Only two high buildings housing the university activities, the rest is square.

The Campus does not stop. A project cannot stop or even detrimentally interfere in the routine of the campus. Besides, the project is composed of a mixed structural system of steel and concrete in its best features: tension and compression. The solution not only reduces waste and spending but also shortens the time of the construction.

Good architecture as itself presupposes a proper solution of environmental variables, as well as their complementary systems. The buildings are oriented to receive lower thermal load, proper ventilation and lighting of indoor sports’ facilities, which have been studied extensively. This second constituting the imposing gesture of the project, the relationship between the main functions of a campus, areas of informal interaction and conviviality, which allow us to go beyond the technical degree. It moulds personalities. After all, what are our memories from university time?