Schiavello Architects Office

Schiavello Architects Office

Roma, IT



Portonave Auditorium Navegantes Brazil: a new area of the Harbour of Navegantes inaugurated by the young Italian Studio "Schiavello Architects Office" and its Brazilian partner "Canhadas Bottarelli Arquitetura"

The "Portonave" Company has opened a new area of the Harbour of Navegantes, in Brazil, one of the nation's largest private commercial ports owned by the Company itself. The Project of expansion, taking its name from the abovementioned Company, has been planned by the "Schiavello Architects Office" and the "Canhadas Bottarelli Arquitetura" studios.

The Company bought the plot of land in 2005, starting its activity in 2007. Since then, "Portonave" has been employing more than 1,100 employees, contributing to restart the economy of the city.

In 2008, a new project planning has started. The aim of the company was to create a building hosting, on the ground floor, a company canteen, a library, a relaxation area and a dressing room serving its workers and, on the first floor, an auditorium and a large raised and covered square for events.Although they took a long time to start, works have been concluded in 14 months only.

The goal was to create a building acting as a new landmark in the area and open to the local community as well. As a matter of fact, the Company has started a partnership with the public administration aimed at promoting both cultural and social projects (health promotion, child and elderly care) and environmental initiatives (requalification of different are as of the city, awareness projects on environmental issues and other initiatives focused on sustainable development).

The "Portonave Project" has been carried out thanks to parametric processes and it is extended over a surface of 5,600 square meters. The building calls to mind the shape of a ship ready to take off and its covering resembles the texture of the so-called butterfly fish, belonging to the Chaetodontidae family and that can be found also in the Atlantic Ocean. 

The idea of the "Schiavello Architects Office" and the "Canhadas Bottarelli Arquitetura" studios was to give a strong, simple and innovative sign to the Project. It was conceived by highlighting the working environments, the interlinking and acceding elements to the area of the harbour and the traffic stream, as well as stressing its visibility and recognizability at a urban level: the building, the green area, the raised square become an ideal connection between the harbour and the city and, at the same time, a gateway to the Port. 

The large, custom-made aluminum panels of different sizes cover an area of 90 x 40 meters; the high facade has been conceived as an urban and panoramic "promenade", shining at night. The building creates a sort of "path", structured on various levels and connected with ramps, staircases and araised square, with harbour view. The external green elements are also a distinctive element of the Project.

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Status: Built
Location: Navegantes, BR
Additional Credits: Architects: Schiavello Architects Office - Francesco Schiavello - Canhadas Bottarelli Arquitetura

Consultant | Ingegneri: Vettor Engenharia de Projeto + Marcos Bremer- Techsteel - Progetto acustico : Relacus - Illuminotecnica : Eduardo Ribeiro dos Santos - Progetto impianti : Michelena

Construction company |EBR Engenharia

Client | Portonave S/A

Area | 6.000 m2

Year: 2016/2017

City: Navegantes, Brasil