Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has opened its first project in Brazil called Morro Arena, located in Natal.
The area features multipurpose rooms for dance, classrooms, and a terrace overlooking the sea as well as locker rooms and a sports court, with a capacity for 350 people.
Morro Arena is however only the first finished part of a broader plan for the region developed by the Swiss Office in partnership with Centro Socio Pastoral Nossa Senhora de Conceicao in 2009.
Commenting on the project, the architects revealed that “the gym responds to local conditions. Its identity and character are formed by the unique natural landscape and the creativity of the community. The project will provide sports equipment for students and will become a meeting place for the neighborhood.”