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A Living with Social Assistance

In São Paulo, there are about 15,000 homeless people, living a condition of abandonment and social marginalization. In October 2015, the NUTAU / USP (Center for Research in Technology of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo) in collaboration with Instituto Construir enabled this project in order to create a support center for the homeless, called the Hope Tower.


The tower will be built in the central area of São Paulo, close to the subway and train station, in the current concentration of homeless people. It will have 136 rooms with bathrooms and kitchens (all with green terraces), with 4 dimensions (for 1, 2, 3 and even 4 residents of the same family), vertically distributed on 17 floors, with 8 rooms per floor. Green terraces will be arranged on the roof of the bottom level, creating the feeling of spiral movement on the facade. The central vertical core will have circular ventilated corridor, with two glass elevators and a central staircase. One floor will be used for a small nursery and the two lower floors will be used for commercial spaces, some of which will allow residents to make and sell handicraft products, in order to self sustain a part of the assistance costs. The rest of the rental shops will help in the tower maintenance costs as well.


More informations: HERE (english version coming soon!)



A Living with Social Assistance

Project Team: Studio Papaya + NATAU/USP + EDAU
Collaboration: Instituto Construir
Year: 2015 - 2019

Ground Floor

First Floor

Daycare Center


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