Nature Observatory of Amazonia

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NOA 1351

NOA - 1351
Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa / pt Portugal
4 members
Andreia Veríssimo
Gonçalo Vilhena
Afonso Braz
Rafael Gomes

Project type:
Arquitectura

The intervention is located in Brazil, Red Land (Indigenous Area), worldwide protected area, with 180850 hca. The chosen site is in a peninsula of land surrounded by the Purus River, a tributary of the Amazon River.

The main objective is to make and turn artificial objects in something natural, as if human intervention were as natural as the existent species and habitats in the area.

The project seeks to respect the pre-existing nature where the architectural elements circumvents the trees, filling the gaps between them, fading into the landscape through the use of wood and glass on the facades.

Every aspect of the intervention is supported and
executed based on the environment sustainability of the Amazonia systems. For instance: the project explores the river affluent and flow trough a energy-system placed under the Observation Post, and the Tree-Houses are high enough to catch sun and wind energies, providing satisfactory ambience and living conditions.

The Nature Observatory of Amazonia happens through a course that begins in a riverside dock entrance, followed by several soft and integrated buildings scattered apparently forming a dynamic curve hugging the north side, and ends again in the river where the observation post is located.

The buildings that connect the entrance area to the observation post contain the entire program of the project: administration office; reception; information station / exhibition gallery; community room; restaurant; lounge room; emergency post; laboratories; small offices; and radio.

Over these buildings and around the territory are the dormitories, small cubes suspended as cocoons, which offer the great experience of contact with the amazing and unique nature of the Amazon forest.

The relative proximity to the city of Manaus, capital of Amazonas state, enables the large influx of tourists, making the NOA a new point of interest to the Region’s Tourism and a stop for a different and amazing experience in eco tourism where is offered the possibility of discovering the forest and the river and the great importance of preserving them.

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