The metropolises, generally in the world, are usually gray sceneries with practically no green areas and an unhealthy urban environment. This situation, although real, is not what the people who live in it desire. The buildings in the cities, most of them, act as real obstacles blocking lighting and natural ventilation in the urban environment. Moreover, the unbridled and unplanned growth of the cities and the construction massification degrades and provokes insalubrious problems to the urban environment.
World Architecture & Design Awards 2019
First Award | Category: Housing (Concept)
Architects: Ricardo Ferretti
Studio: Ferretti Ruggeri Arquitetura
Team: Ricardo Ferretti, Priscilla Ruggeri Ferretti
The project was based on the objective of joining the growth of the cities with the green of the nature, as an effective response to the current challenge of sustainable reconstruction of our planet. Thus, it is necessary to create a new Concept and Typology of Housing to solve these conflicts and provide benefits for the development of the city and offer quality of life to its population.
VVV (Vila Verde Vertical) is a distinct building with a striking and innovative architecture that respects not only who will inhabit it, but also the neighborhood and the city. It draws attention to its unique style, pioneer aspect, unprecedented visual and contemporary language. And its own identity marks the urban environment in an authentic and singular way.
Consists of 6 blocks overlaid on a vertical configuration interspersed by opened spaces that receive hanging gardens full of vegetation. Together the set forms an interesting, rich and attractive and composition. Each unit has its own color in the building set and together form the concept of “hanging houses” or “stacked houses”. The result also generates a similar aspect of “penthouses”, one over the others.
Its sustainable architecture is committed to the urban planning issues. The empty spaces generated by the Terraces-Gardens with double-height ceilings create areas where natural illumination and ventilation permeate the building, contributing to the environmental and visual quality of the region.
Vegetation are integrated to the facade of the building, incorporating the nature to the urban environment, a current global trend. Brings the green into the building in an intense and true way.
Another intention of the project is to recover the favorable conditions of living in a house in an innovative vertical configuration in a sustainable way, generating comfort and well-being to the users and being economically viable.
The combined use of proper construction techniques, building process, products and materials applied, aim the best performance and efficiency of the building. VVV also stands out for its technological innovation, modular housing building system, sustainable strategies, eco efficient processes, eco construction and rationalization. In the Sustainability aspect the VVV presents a variety of solutions applied as: hybrid system of solar and wind power generation, natural climatization, capture and reuse of rain water, efficient natural illumination and ventilation, thermo-acoustic windows, reuse of the air-conditioner water, permeable floors and eco management system.
This project is a real and possible solution to this challenge, it is technically, economically, politically, legally, culturally viable to be implemented in any city of the world.