World Cup Homeless is an annual event in which teams of homeless people from around the world gather for a World Cup. In 2010, the tournament was held in Rio de Janeiro. For the first time, the organizing committee decided to build a Heritage Centre, which aims to create continuity of work with the sport as a means for social change.
An international design competition for the Heritage Center has been organized by Architecture for Humanity, along with Homeless World Cup, Nike and Bola Pra Frente Game Changers.
Nolte LOMPRET Eskes Arquitetura Arquitetos and Nanda were authors of the winning proposal, and since January 2010 have developed the project for a Community Center in Santa Cruz (a suburb of Rio de Janeiro) with Daniel Feldman, designer of Architecture for Humanity. The project, Nike Game Changers auspisiado had to work with an extremely limited budget and was divided into two construction phases, the first pubic a community facility, the second to accommodate the Instituto Bola Pra Frente.
For the first phase, inaugurated in October 2010, the architects envisioned a building that behaves like a ramp. Functions as a public square in slope, vegetation and landscape including seating. The ramp can also work as a stand for cultural activities, shows, movies and more. Beyond symbolizing the arrival of the Instituto Bola Pra Frente and will be the future access to the second phase of construction. From above the ramp, people can get a new perspective of the community and the environment: a new perspective that symbolizes change, Bola Pra Frente bringing the community of Santa Cruz to their work integration through the use of sport as a social catalyst.
The building under the ramp space contains lockers, bathrooms, classrooms and seats to watch the soccer field. The facade facing the field and the ramp-facing roof cultural activities. Events in the days of people gather around the building, bringing work into this part of the community. The architecture works as a fluid object, walls and ceiling represents a single item.
The materials used in the construction of low budget, reflecting an industry language: walls and floors of concrete, wire mesh walls and ceiling elements translucent false ceiling of OSB.
To the end of the ramp, square, architects are planning a community based process in which the finish for seats and the ramp is made with the local community. It used recycled materials and waste from local industries. The goal is to begin a process of professionalization for community members and create a sustainable livelihood for local families.
The second phase of the project, the Instituto Bola Pra Frente, will add about 3,000 m2 and is currently in concept and preparation of foundations.
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