6th Holcim Awards 2020/21

135 Project author: Gustavo Utrabo, Estúdio Gustavo Utrabo, São Paulo, Brazil. Flexible simplicity A lack of hard definition and flexible simplicity stand as the signature of the architects of this beautiful project, and as key elements to achieving a sustainable intervention in the delicate Iratapuru region. The Holcim Awards jury Latin America especially praised how the programmatic function of the building is solved through the elegant duality between light roofs and the massive walls to create volumes that accommodate the facilities necessary for Brazil nut processing. The engagement of the community during the design and construction process was also considered as a remarkable contribution to social inclusion and knowledge transfer. nity, and Natura – the Brazilian cosmetics company uses ingredients extracted from the nuts in its merchandise and became the main financial contributor for the project’s implementation. The productive site consists of a series of independent volumes that delimit specific areas and generate the programmatic function of the building. A continuous and independent wood structure canopy roof encases all the volumes providing a uniform cover for the articulated program. The choice of compressed earth and local certified wood as main materials ensures not only the environmental sustainability of the project but also the involvement of community members who can therefore acquire new knowledge and construction skills throughout the construction process. “Transforming matter into architecture by delivering knowledge to the local community” Gustavo Utrabo