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Social assistance housing

social assistance housing, São Paulo
project: Studio Papaya + NUTAU/USP + EDAU
support: Instituto Construir
images: Studio Papaya
year: 2015-2019

In São Paulo, there are around 15 thousand homeless people, living in a condition of abandonment and social marginalization. In October 2015, NUTAU/USP - Research Center for Architecture and Urbanism Technology at the University of São Paulo approached INSTITUTO CONSTRUIR with the intention of making this project viable for a support center for homeless people, the Hope Tower.

The proposal for the tower is located in the central area of São Paulo, on a site close to the subway and train stations, in a location with a current concentration of homeless people, but also job opportunities. The tower has 136 rooms with bathrooms and pantries (all with green terraces), with 4 typologies (for 1, 2, 3 and up to 4 residents of the same family), distributed vertically on 17 floors, with 8 rooms per floor with green terraces on the roof of the lower row of rooms, generating the sensation of upward spiral movement on the facade. The central vertical core will have a ventilated circular corridor, with two elevators and a central staircase.

One floor will be used for a small daycare center and the two lower floors will be used for general commercial spaces - some of which feature handicrafts produced by residents - and for resident care services. The rent from the stores will contribute to the tower's maintenance costs.

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