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Pavilhão Vista Alegre

Terra Capobianco Arquitetura

Socorro, São Paulo, Brazil

July 2021


Ana Terra Capobianco (Architect)


André Braz (Architect), Lucas Leite (Architect)


Barreiro Agroecologia Cafés Especiais LTDA


Nelson Kon


The structure of the pavilion is regular and precise, seeking to align the pre-existing constructions of the horse stalls. The proposal does not contradict the scale of what already existed, on the contrary, the intervention is discreet and gives new meaning to the set of buildings by creating a courtyard where the horse stalls converge.
The counterpoint to the existing one is given by the new technology adopted for construction, CLT, Cross Laminated Timber. The choice for the pavilion's construction system is based mainly on sustainability issues. The CLT raw material comes from forestry plantations and is a carbon-neutral resource, as it stores carbon dioxide, generating a positive environmental impact.
The structural design for the building is based on the premise of constructive rationality, the option for a prefabricated solution reduces the amount of work to be carried out on-site, optimizing the overall duration of the work in addition to not generating waste.
The Pavilion is 170m2 and was built in 5 days. there were 9 8cm thick CLT panels configuring a continuous roof plan measuring 7.45m wide by 22m long. The plan is supported by inverted metal beams that unload on CLT walls. On the internal side, the wooden structure is exposed, while on the external side, the walls are covered with vertical slats of autoclaved and carbonized pine. This treatment system guarantees the durability of the wood. The same coating was applied to the doors and windows of the existing buildings' bays, to bring unity to the buildings.


The Barreiro farm is located in the municipality of Socorro, São Paulo, on the slopes of the Serrote mountains. The farm was previously focused on horse breeding but later degraded due to the leasing of pastures for cattle breeding. Presently, the farm has resumed its activities and is now aligning with the region's vocation, which is coffee production.
The region has undergone a regeneration process that involves investments in organic and sustainable farming techniques and the preservation of its water resources. This has been achieved by expanding the native forest cover in partnership with specialized NGOs in forest regeneration. Over the past two years, the farm has planted 40,000 seedlings of native Atlantic Forest species, transforming it into a benchmark for organic and low-carbon agriculture in the area.
The farm's buildings have been renovated to cater to new functions, in addition to the territory. These new functions combine recreational family use with coffee production. The old Haras Vista Alegre has been restored to preserve the history of the place. The old and new elements come together in the construction of a pavilion which serves as a welcoming space for visitors interested in coffee.


The pavilion's implementation gave the farm a new purpose - it became a meeting place where owners and rural workers could coexist and celebrate together. The pavilion serves various functions. Inside the main hall, a large basalt bench is used for tasting the coffee produced on the farm. Visitors interested in tasting the coffee are also received here. Additionally, it is a place for meetings and for taking a break from riding.
The main hall boasts a stunning view of the dams that creates a serene and reflective ambiance through the large window situated by the bench. The pavilion's sides can slide open, thanks to hidden sliding doors positioned between CLT walls and pine cladding. This feature enables seamless integration with the courtyard of the stalls on one side and the farm's surroundings on the other.
The pavilion houses the harnesses and cachaça of the previous farm’s owners, serving as a means of preserving their memory. The saddlery exhibits its harnesses on sturdy logs anchored within the walls made of cross-laminated timber. This space has a more intimate atmosphere, as it does not open to the exterior but is well-ventilated through the crisscrossing of slats on the facades. The slats allow natural light to penetrate, resulting in a visually striking interplay of light and shadow.
Finally, the restoration of the old Haras and the construction of a pavilion have achieved a perfect blend of old and new elements. Consequently, the pavilion has become the new central point of the farm.

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