Famous Brazilian boxer Nelson Garrido owns a boxing school under the overpass’ Viaduto do Café in São Paulo, that he opens to residents from the nearby low income neighborhood.

Viaduto do Café in São Paulo

The boxing school is positively impacting the area in a variety of ways: people are gaining self-confidence, have access to healthy and fulfilling recreation, are less inclined to aimless street loitering, and as a result, the crime rate in the neighborhood is dropping.


Together with a team, I designed new seating elements inspired by the roughness of the boxing school. Recycled tires were used as the material, as we wanted to combine the social element of the boxing school with a sustainable aspect, reusing material that was already at the location.

building process