Betim City Hall
|Architects||Alexandre Brasil e Carlos Alberto Maciel|
|Collaborators||André Luiz Prado e Bruno Santa Cecília|
|Location||Betim, MG, Brasil|
|Construction||2006 - 2008|
The conversion of the warehouse of Ceramica Saffran, one of the oldest industries of an industrial city with 500.000 inhabitants, to a Town Hall, searches the preservation of its original character, while improving infrastructure and creating 3 internal blocks with a completely new construction that could better house the offices and workspaces. At the centre of the existing structure, an open public space was created, reinforcing the presence of a depression where
the furnaces and kiln used to be set. The association of open spaces with the main circulation elements – staircases, ramps, pathways, bridges and elevator – contributes to improve orientation.
The whole new structure is treated as a huge infrastructure, defining subtle differences in terms of the public-private domains, responding to the proposed use but also allowing its transformation in time.