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Betim, Igarapé and São Joaquim de Bicas Metalworkers’ Union headquarters | GPA&A
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Betim, Igarapé and São Joaquim de Bicas Metalworkers’ Union headquarters

The Project

To appreciate one’s work: that is the union’s main flagship. This is something that must be always reinforced in actions, words and gestures.

The union’s building is a big gesture that represents this mainstay.

It wants to be present in the city’s scenery because it is proud of its mission.

It wants to be open to all the looks, transparent and receptive, because it has nothing to hide. In its interior, fit its struggles and demands.

From this comes the idea of building a collective work, interconnected, supportive, engaged and simultaneous. The structure is clean, simple and airy.

In the west front, the longest one, the movement’s curves resemble aligned flags.

The auditorium joins the foyer and the gallery, and creates a continuous room for big meetings and gatherings.

The courses are clear and direct. With no hiding places or mazes, they inspire trust.

The SMBIB building, with its strong and serene figure, represents the power of the workers’ unity and the importance of the fight for their rights.

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Project name: Betim, Igarapé and São Joaquim de Bicas Metalworkers’ Union headquarters
Architecture: Gustavo Penna, Ricardo Gomes Lopes, Norberto Bambozzi, Laura Penna, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Letícia de Paula Carneiro, Vivian Hunnicutt, Alyne Ferreira, Natália Ponciano, Catarina Hermanny
Management and Planning: Rísia Botrel, Isabela Tolentino
Location: Betim – Minas Gerais – Brasil
Year designed: 2010
Projected area: 6.855m2
Images: Casa Digital