Sao Paulo Mooca
Sao Paulo Mooca

Carefully managing growth – pre­serv­ing the necessary flex­i­bil­i­ty and de­vel­op­ing a robust fun­da­men­tal structure with clear rules.

Sao Paulo Mooca
Sao Paulo Mooca
Sao Paulo Mooca

CLIENT
Prefeitu­ra de São Paulo / Sec­re­taria Municipal de De­sen­volvi­men­to Urbano

COM­PLE­TION
2040

SIZE
1.650 hectares

COL­LAB­O­RA­TION
VIGLIECCA&ASSOC, São Paulo

VI­SU­AL­I­SA­TIONS
ASTOC / PLAY-TIME, Barcelona

PHO­TO­CRE­D­ITS
ASTOC

Sao Paulo Mooca

In the last 160 years, São Paulo has grown to become the largest town in Brazil with twelve million residents. The 1,600 hectare project area with many in­dus­tri­al plants en­com­pass­es the valley de­pres­sion of the Taman­d­u­atei river. Its banks are lined by an express bus route, railway lines and broad urban motorways with up to twelve lanes which cut through the area of the town as barriers. With a “low rise / high density” counter-model, the de­vel­op­ment concept defies the de­mar­ca­tion logic of the booming property market and the usual ret­ro­spec­tive den­si­fi­ca­tion ap­proach­es which often shut them­selves off from their urban en­vi­ron­ment as a jumbled col­lec­tion of high-rises and gated com­mu­ni­ties. A few clear rules and flexible or­gan­i­sa­tion prin­ci­ples are steering the change and the gradual trans­for­ma­tion of the area.

One new and three existing local train stations which are being developed into urban centres, form the starting point for this ren­o­va­tion. Bridges link the stations across the traffic routes to the neigh­bour­ing districts. The hubs stretch far into the urban areas with pedes­tri­anised zones. Besides res­i­den­tial and working areas, the usage mix also comprises shops, restau­rants, schools and culture. Active ground floor zones create space for a social in­fra­struc­ture with kinder­gartens, libraries, practices and manual trades. In this way, a vibrant urban space will be created. A height lim­i­ta­tion of six floors protects the local character with low workers’ estates and flat factory buildings. The master plan Mooca - Vila Carioca serves as a model project and can be trans­ferred to many other districts of São Paulo.

Sao Paulo Mooca
Sao Paulo Mooca
Sao Paulo Mooca