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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

Each culture has the living room, the center of the house. Usually there is a couch to relax, the space where guests are welcomed.

view Robert-Scottbuurt

In the Robert-Scottbuurt, a greenhouse will be the living room. The greenhouse will be a catalyst between people, cultures, and know-how. It will be a space where the cold Netherlands meet the warm Mediterranean.

maquette greenhouse
maquette detail greenhouse

Anyone, big or small will provide something. The people, for example, bring books to create a library or they bring their old furniture for the living room. The pattern of the large carpet in the middle is a creation of plants by the people who live in the neighborhood. The harvest is the gift for the neighborhood.

drawing carpet