Praça Sete - Xacriabá Block
The closed block of Rio de Janeiro St. between Tamoios and Praça Sete (“Sept. 7th Square”), in the heart of Belo Horizonte, is where the Xacriabá Block is located. The area is meant as a continuity of some pedestrian ways in downtown BH, like the São José Church Mall and Praça Sete Gallery. Our project aimed at dividing the area into three living spaces: an amphitheater, a central widening, and a tribune.
This way, we’ve got a balanced distribution of the already established functions given by the general public to that space: the nice tradition of the checkers players, the political demonstrations and the happy hour beer.
The intention is to turn the passing way into a living space, instrumentalizing the daily life of the common citizen.
Project name: Praça Sete
Architecture: Gustavo Penna, Augustin de Tugny, Norberto Bambozzi
Location: Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais – Brasil
Year designed: 1990, reformulated em 2001
Year completed: 2003
Projected area: 500m2
Photos: Leonardo Finotti