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2018 MCHAP

Technological Institute of Aeronautics

Metro Arquitetos

São Jose dos Campos, Brazil

October 2017


martin corullon gustavo cedroni


marina ioshii (metro)


Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica


leonardo finotti


A key design principle of this masterplan of was to make a clear distinction between areas for living and public use with those areas intended for faculty and students. The Fundamental Sciences building is thus immediately adjacent to the Electronic Sciences building, and together with the existing buildings, they combine to create a large green area, entirely defined by educational buildings. For the Fundamental Sciences Division Building standardised steel components were chosen as the construction system, maximising build-speed, technical accuracy and reducing waste. Whilst from the perspective of lighting, natural daylight was prioritised in sections of the program with consistently high occupancy rates, minimizing the use of artificial means and additionally offering external perspectives. In terms of ventilation, a system was designed to provide comfort conditions through natural means. This is particularly present in circulation areas, where open external galleries are used, eliminating the need for air conditioning equipment.


The Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) in São José de Campos is engaged in an expansion project to take on twice the number of students. A collective of São Paulo-based firms involving METRO, MMBB and Piratininga Arquitetos are leading the corresponding architectural project and will work in the context of an architecturally significant existing campus, possessing buildings and urban design by Oscar Niemeyer. From a suite of new buildings that includes also a new library and a residential area intended for the faculty of the institution, METRO are responsible for the 1200 seat auditorium and the Fundamental Sciences Department, that became the first to be built and was finished in October 2018.


The building acts as a piece that creates a new logic for connections between the existing buildings, defining a center for the communal programs as librarys, and auditoriums. It creates a contemporary reference that does not deny the architectural heritage, on the contrary reinforces the virtues of the existing set of built structures, as long pedestrian covered walkways and a interesting scale that lies in between a low density suburban feeling and a urban environment.

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