The Architizer Awards 2017, one of the world’s leading and most recognized architectural awards, was delivered to a Brazilian. The architect Rodrigo Kirck, native of Itajaí, Santa Catarina, got the best by winning by popular vote in the category Prefabricated Architecture.
Its winning project, denominated “Container”, was inspired by the port vocation and the urban style around the Port of Itajaí.
The only Brazilian in the competition, Rodrigo is another architect who brings pride to the country. Using an innovative concept, he wanted to give back to his hometown for all his academic and professional success – he also graduated from Itajaí.
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He competed for the award alongside a project from Denmark and three from the United States. “It was not easy to be in a final with a world vote, competing alongside the project of one of our internationally recognized architectural idols. This ended up giving us more strength so that we could win a prize so difficult and desired “, celebrates Rodrigo.
About the winning project
The name of the project clearly illustrates the structure of the building: four 40-foot containers that would be destined for landfills, but instead were restored and transformed into a true work of art.
Divided into two modules, the building has two floors and total area of 135 square meters. The construction follows a sustainable conceptual model that unites architecture, creativity, art and nature.
There are several facilities that aim to save light and cause less impact to the environment. The project has two large garden roofs that fulfill several functions: to reduce the damages of the solar radiation, to capture rainwater for reuse and to be a reservoir of rainwater. In addition, the garden is beautiful and colorful.