Improvement of the Interlagos Autodrome

The work proposes the requalification and improvement of
the José Carlos Pace Speedway , better known as Interlagos Speedway , which is located in the south of the city of São Paulo. We will s tart from the current survey of the race track ,
develop new facilities such as : hotel, convention center, museum, technology center / school, trades and al so the improvement of specific areas .
Under s tand the features , make the equipment avai lable to
the city , generate income, attract new events and roll out
a new design with current technologies .

At first Interlagos had been intended to be a satellite city in which, in addition to a racetrack, it would have infrastructure such as joint commercial residences, hotel, church and other establishments.
The  original program emerged in the mid-1920s by English engineer Louis Romero Sanson, who had a real estate strategy for the southern region of the capital. With the participation of Alfred Agache, the French urban planner suggested naming the region “Interlagos”, as it is located between two dams in the city of São Paulo, Billings and Guarapiranga and is very similar to the Interlaken region in Switzerland, according to Louis and Alfred.
However, the project suffered a pause during the great crisis of 1929 and only began to gain strength after the second half of the 1930s, during this period São Paulo began its first international motorsport races, which were held in the city's streets and avenues.
In 1936, the city received its first grand prize, which was marked by an unfortunate tragedy that, as a result of this fact, the project for a safe and controlled track gained momentum and once again the creation of the interlago racecourse came into focus. Autodromo José Carlos Pace located in the district of Cidade Dutra, in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
With an area of ​​901,617.40 m2 in the district of Cidade Dutra, Capela do Socorro Subprefecture, South Zone of São Paulo, about 17 km away in a straight line from Praça da Sé, landmark zero of the Capital.
Interlagos -the plane
Given all the foundation, surveys and analyses, the first step was to create a mass plan to distribute the intended uses to the land in a uniform and strategic way.
The most challenging part was choosing spaces that have a location that does not cause interference on the track and that have possible access, without interference in the Interlagos route.
Then, the location of each equipment, its respective use and application of the program was refined.
The form of its implementation was speculated, but not defined, however, making program and circulation connections within the race track.
As a result of this phase, the project results in the creation of the following buildings:
Hotel: to serve tourists, athletes, coaching staff, world press, motorsport enthusiasts and the general public.
Convention Center: its main function is to host conventions focused on the world of motorsport and other themes.
Technological Center: outside thinking about the character of instigating the development of automobile equipment in the country and also opening society by offering incentives and support, with classrooms and laboratories aimed at training and learning for society.
Museum: located next to the Technological Center with the intention of creating a memorial of history and homage to national motorsport, as well as honoring athletes and  promoting public access to culture.
Shopping center: It was intended to create fruition and permeability in the entire façade facing Avenida Interlagos, which currently has a wall on almost its entire façade, in addition to contributing to the commercial and financial development of the region.
Micro uses: are intended to bring diversified activities, make the racecourse  a place of democratic use that opens its space to society in general, not just for motorsport events and other events.
After defining the areas of interest regarding the program footage, the definition of these areas was deepened and also bringing Micro-uses to the study.
These Micro uses are given by small equipment scattered throughout the racecourse in order to bring the use to all parts of the complex, some of these uses will only be available on days without movement or events, thus extending the current walking program at the racecourse to a system with greater diversity of activities available and also more comprehensive.
The program is then applied to form, in a first study of form and function.
Definitive Project

The proposed project for the racecourse aims to reach crucial points for its improvement, they are the elaboration of a hotel that will host tourists from all over the world who come every year to watch Formula 1 and other events such as LollaPalooza and also to host from pilots, teams, artists, and the general public.
The convention center project intends to combine the use of tracks and other equipment to provide conventions focused on the theme of motorsport and, among others, aiming at events such as the Auto Show and Salão Duas Rodas, which are big events in the city of São Paulo and do everything the nexus of being at the birthplace of motorsport in Brazil, which is Interlagos.
The technology center, on the other hand, aims to house and develop technologies from the world of motorsport, thus following the reference of the iconic racecourse in Nürburg, Germany, where practically all the new technologies of the automobile world pass through there, interlagos being a racecourse with a challenging and very dynamic layout providing high performance testing.
The technology center will have spaces specially designed for the local population to teach courses and classes, as the racecourse has a great influence on its surroundings.
The museum is connected to the technological center since both are interconnected to generate a cultural space for teaching and contemplation, the museum intends to honor great names in world motorsport.
The part dedicated to commerce is based on serving not only the public on an event day, but also the population that transits Av interlagos, which has a large flow on event days and also on normal days, being one of the main locomotion axes of the extreme. south of sp thus bringing financial stability to the racecourse and making it generate income on more monotonous and low-traffic days.
The sector for the local population is based on "micro-uses" that will be divided into small equipment along the route, namely: velodrome, skate park, bike path, among others distributed along the racecourse, thus connecting all points of the racecourse. complex and also making the same available to the people who live there.
The architectural project proposed for the
improvement of the Interlagos Autodrome has
as objective the elaboration of a complex
attractive, looking to expand the potential
city tour, explore the financial potential
of the region, in addition to promoting employability
location during events that will take place in the
complex. Its composition proposes the construction
of Hotel, Convention Center, Center
Technology, Museum, Commercial Complex, in addition to
revitalize crucial points of the Autodrome and create
micro uses strategically distributed throughout
of the racecourse.
The Architectural Program was developed with
based on the intended characteristics to be
applied to the Autodrome and distributed in such a way as to
not obstruct the visibility of the runway and not intervene
aggressive way on the ground and its surroundings
Sanson Hotel (20,000m²)

Nelson Piquet Convention Center(10,000m²)

Ayrton Senna Technological Center (7,000m²)

Emerson Fittipaldi Museum (3,000m²)

Interlagos Shopping Center (12,000m²)

Secondary equipment service track

Micro Uses (Skate park, Bike path, karting track, track
walking, urban equipment)
Requalification of stands and infrastructure
Hotel Sanson

This will be able to receive tourists all year round for large events such as Formula 1, 
Music Festivals and other events that contribute to the urban valuation of the place, as well as contribute to the economic development of the city.

The Hotel proposed in the architectural project of
revitalization of the Interlagos Autodrome is
located near the opposite straight of the track and brings in
its composition the format inspired by
aerodynamics of Formula 1 cars, where the wing
front alludes to the stripped-down style and
audacious part of the automobile universe.
The hotel is named "Sanson" in honor of
Luís Romero Sanson British engineer who gave
"life" the idea of ​​the neighborhood of interlagos.
The shape of the building proposes the feeling of
speed and dynamism, standing out in the
landscape of the architectural complex, which may be
view from various angles of the racecourse.

by an apparent metallic structure surrounded by
brises in order to control the incidence
solar, the building has thirty-two rooms per
floor. On each floor, two lounges in their
ends to offer greater comfort in
relation to view of the racecourse.
The main façade of the building, facing the racecourse,
provides a panoramic view of the
angles facing the track, providing the
total contemplation of different points of the racecourse.
In total, the one hundred and ninety-two rooms of the hotel and
the twelve lounges are superimposed on a basement
which has restaurants, gym, shops and two gardens
The structure of concrete pillars is arranged in a
radial through the building, providing stability,
without obstructing the view.
Access to the hotel is via the secondary lane,
existing in the complex, which runs through the entire racecourse,
connecting the new buildings on the project
Nelson Piquet Convention Center

It intends to share the use of the runways and other equipment to provide events and exhibitions focused on various themes, mainly those related to motorsport such as the Auto Show and Salão Duas Rodas and other events in the city of São Paulo, inserted in the context of the birthplace of motorsport in Brazil, the Autodromo de Interlagos
The Convention Center is in the same implantation of the hotel, located on the land where
outside the old karting track of Interlagos, this relocated to the vegetation area beside the straight opposite.
The external shape of the equipment was inspired on high-performance V12 engines, reflecting
a bold, impetuous and modern style, generating thus the expectation of promoting good business.
Inside, the eight meeting rooms are composed of volumes with dynamic shape, providing a volume outside the place of conventions.
On the ground floor is the place for conventions and on the first floor, connected
by suspended walkways the other two volumes intended for other events.
All this equipment in its centrality is protected by a lattice cover of metallic structure and the first floor and the ground floor are connected by this outer volume where they are
Private meeting rooms located.
Circulation between floors is via escalators
connected to the circulation walkways between the volumes of the
first floor, as well as the elevators present in your ends.
Access to the Convention Center is via the same lane of support that serves the hotel, having entrances through the facade left side that shares the same deployment than the hotel, the building has a large area of
exhibitions to host events focused on the motorsport and derivatives.
Ayrton Senna Technological Center and Emerson Fittipaldi Museum
Its purpose is to house and develop technologies from the world of motorsport, thus following the reference of the iconic Autodromo de
Nürburg, Germany where practically all the new technologies in the automotive world pass through there, Interlagos being a
Challenging and very dynamic race track providing high performance tests.
It connects to the technological center since both are interconnected to generate a cultural space for teaching and contemplation, the
museum intends to honor great names in world motorsport.
The Museum and the Center are connected to each other
Technological project the spirit of development with references to the past and
memories that deserve to be celebrated.
The two buildings share a space of learning, development and contemplation.
The museum located on the lakeshore has a ground floor and large exhibition area.
length with all its administration and infrastructure located and coupled to its
rear facade facing the lake with a square central in front of its main façade.
Access is from the sides that are close to the support track.
The Technological Center is located on the lake, with its two accesses from the sides to horizontal and wide form
considerable was developed so that a car could transit through its central corridor from end to end, in the
the center of the structure is located the main laboratory.
The purpose of this equipment is basically to provide a space for an automobile company, for example,
design, develop and test new technologies aimed at to motorsport, thus using the racecourse as its
main test track.
When not used or partially used, the it will even serve as a technical education school for
carrying out social projects aimed at the local community.

Interlagos Shopping Center
Sector dedicated to commerce, not only aimed at the public in a day of events, but also offering various commercial services to population that transits Avenida Interlagos, with the avenue being one of the main locomotion axes in the extreme south of São Paulo. THE commercial proposal is the construction of spaces for the leasing of commercial points to revert the financial income into resources for the maintenance and sustainability of the racecourse, in addition to contributing to the growth of employability in the region.
Composed of the Shopping Center, it allows both visual and physical permeability of users in relation to the Interlagos Autodrome.

The commercial area, mainly directed
for Avenida Interlagos will be an axis with
financial potential for the region, currently
this area is walled in largepart of its extension belonging to the racetrack.
The area was developed in the form of a bullevard, to create fruition, movement and a new zone
commercial for the city, not working only on event days, this sector will be offered at the disposal of the city.
faces of commerce, one facing the Avenue Interlagos and the other into the racecourse,
creating a localized commercial zone mainly in the region of the stands.
The equipment was thinking about its structure move forward bringing the requalification of
open stands with the implementation of a coverage that will protect part of the spectators
on days of rain and scorching sun.
The commercial perimeter will cover the entire region of fixed bleachers designed in two types
many different. The first to enjoy the part lower of the stands providing greater size in its inner street, the second creating the coverage for the stands.

Architecture and its craft connected with the
creativity become more than the idea of
designing spaces for people is the most consistent
expression of creation where forms and ideas, making it possible to always create more and never
I believe that this valuable profession is the most challenging and fulfilling of all, because the
possibility of creating spaces and feelings with the shape is what makes architecture a benchmark
exceptional possibilities, learning constant and challenges which time and space
they mold and transform the various segments of the area, offering conditions to create,
recreate, interpret and act transforming the environment.
Designing the upgrade for such a place important for Brazilians and for the world as
the Autodromo de Interlagos was an honor, with the race track project it was possible to develop, create,
feel and understand how much a piece of equipment of this size can positively influence the environment
and in the city as a whole.
Improving is also empowering, keeping alive the feeling of having such an iconic place so close, full
of stories and deeds, keeping your memory alive was a factor in great motivation for the realization of this project.
The expansion process of creation was the guiding thread of the entire process, a relevant factor that inspired the field of ideas to create. Throughout the course and this work,
as well as at each step overcome and solutions found for a meaningful representation of an idea to be
applied to the existing one was simply charming.
I find the creation process exciting, a unique opportunity to remember that we live in a
fantastic world with infinite possibilities of transform time and space throughout our lives.
I believe that architecture and its entire process transformer can make a difference to society,
creating places and turning dreams into reality.
Today, even more convinced of the transformative potential of this profession, I greatly value the principles
architectural ethics, the value of uniqueness that art represents and its power to change the world and people for the best.
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