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Rubem Braga Elevator Complex

New and old
Brazil
JBMC Arquitetura & Urbanismo Ltda, São Paulo, Brazil
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Brazil
2011
World Architecture Festival 2011 - Category Commendation

Overview of the elevator towers 
Celson Brando 


General Osorio Station and Rubem Braga Elevator Tower
Aside from the two regular accesses destined to those who live and work along the coastline, the General Osorio subway station, situated right next to the Pavao mount, now has a new access tower, with two panoramic elevators, aiming to improve the accessibility conditions to those who live in the community located 80 meters above ground level.
Previously, the population from this community could only count on precarious stairways and improvised accesses throughout the mount, being constantly exposed to dangerous situations, and the risk of possible landslides.
The construction of the Rubem Braga Elevator provides a new set of staircases built along the slope, not only providing quality access to the ground level, but also helping with the containment of the mount with the use of concrete structure, eliminating all of the perils mentioned and through which the people had to go through before.
Moreover, the elevator tower will integrate the community to the formal city, at the same time allowing a symbolic and righteous insertion, through a public service, of an example of communities that have been put aside of the metropolis for the last few decades.
Initially considered as transitory arrangements, and ever awaiting for adequate measures from the state, decades have passed and these communities grew increasingly bigger, to the point of becoming established places, with serious problems. We understand that the elevator tower will serve as a formal connection between both societies, bringing not only the informal citizen to the formal city, but mostly bringing the sense of urban development and order to the informal community, in a process that will catalyze different passions in benefit of a democratic debate.

Elevator Tower Conception

Both elevators, with a capacity of 30 passengers each, are supported by a prismatic metallic tower, with a triangular base, and large, 2 meter-wide circular columns.

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The tower is 73,15 meters tall, counting 25 pavements. It is inserted in a 13 meter-tall block with three pavements. The elevators, located inside the triangular structure were entirely executed with translucent glass, and so is the building façade facing the axis at Teixeira de Melo street. In the remaining façades were executed two sets of stairs, located inside of the triangular tower. Those stairs were built for security reasons and can be used in case of power shortage or as an emergency exit should the elevator system face any abnormal situation.
Above the elevators´ engine room is a covered terrace, designed to protect the staircases from the rain and also to create a new dazzling belvedere, overlooking the city’s postcards, such as Rodrigo de Freitas lake, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. This new city attraction collaborates to the insertion of this new equipment in the city, uniting different populations under the purpose of admiring Rio de Janeiro’s unique beauties.
The tower´s colors were thought out as a subtle and symbolic transition from blue to green, representing the city’s occupation from the coast to the inner sites, amongst the forest. They were applied to the brises-soleis on the façades, protecting the inner space and the staircases from rain and excessive sunlight, but allowing the city’s breeze to penetrate the environment, and therefore promoting natural ventilation.

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JBMC Arquitetura & Urbanismo Ltda
São Paulo
Brazil
 

Professional Credits »

Architect
Miss Gabriela Assis
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Architect
Mrs Beatriz Pimenta Corrêa
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Architect
Miss Cecília de Sousa Pires
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Architect
Mr Emiliano Homrich Fontoura
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Architect
Mr João Batista Martinez Corrêa
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Architect
Mr Alvaro Macedo Neto
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Client / Developer
Metro
Brazil

Colaborator
Mr Flavio Barabolskin
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Colaborator
Mr Alessio Dionisi
RC Arquitetos
Brazil

Consultant
Mr Paulo Ricardo Mendes
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Environmental Engineer
Mr Paulo Ricardo Mendes
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Executive Project
Arqline
Brazil

Project Manager
Rio Trilhos
Brazil

Structural Engineer
Promon Engenharia
Brazil

Trainee
Miss Nadia Galbiati Ramos
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil

Trainee
Miss Sandra Morikawa
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Brazil