Adaptive reuse of structures often sees old industrial and commercial buildings being turned to smart homes and residences that serve growing residential needs. But the Castanhas de Caju Extension designed by
What we love in here is the way the renovated and re-designed building keeps budget down to a bare minimum while giving a perfect gathering and working space for the local community. Outdoor areas are coupled with rainwater harvesting systems, passive cooling design and other planet-friendly features that also keep the running costs and maintenance down. Hollow ceramic bricks used in making of the courtyard walls and nifty openings reduce the heat factor further and also bring in ample natural light. A perfect conversion that also carries with it a sense of social responsibility!
In a country with enormous continental diversity and cultural richness, this project represents the opportunity to defend some sense of social justice, to ensure job security, comfort in the routine of a group of women. This was an opportunity to work with those who produce food on a small scale and with respect for the environment and, in the end, these products are eaten in the big cities. The women’s group worked in a rented space.