São Paulo, Brazil
The Prof. Ruth Cardoso Botanic Greenhouse, located in Villa Lobos Park in São Paulo, was designed by architect Décio Tozzi, in collaboration with Estúdio Arkiz. It was inspired on the huts of ethnic groups studied by the late anthropologist Prof. Ruth, especially those of pre-Columbian, African and native Brazilian tribes. The building basically consists of two steel-framed domes covered by a translucent protective screen, supported by a concrete Vierendeel truss with an arch-like form.
This structure shelters a permanent exhibition of delicate orchids, arranged according to their botanical classification and characteristics. The flowers are kept in an ample space with plenty of sun and ventilation, ensuring perfect conditions for their maintenance as well as adequate environmental comfort for visitors. The building also includes laboratory facilities for the cultivation of the flowers, as well as classrooms and technical areas.
Location: São Paulo | SP | Brazil
Client: Secretaria do Meio Ambiente do Estado de São Paulo
Built area: 1.420 m²
Author: Decio Tozzi / Contributors: João Paulo Payar, Rafael Brych