Arena do Morro – Herzog & De Meuron First Project in Brazil
Swiss architecture firm Herzog & De Meuron realized their first project in Brazil, the Arena de Morro, in the Northeastern capital of Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte; a permeable and fully adaptable gymnasium in the low-income community of Mãe Luiza, the building utilizes a large single roof composed in a louvered structure that allows the income of light while preventing rainwater. Introducing a new scale to the area, the main space of the Arena do Morro seats 420 people, and can comport sport games, concerts, events, etc. as it also features multipurpose rooms for classes, changing areas and a terrace overlooking the ocean. Built in replacement of a bare cement filed (with no walls nor ceiling) in the same location, the Arena do Morro stands as a functional symbol for the physical and social activity of the community.