This project by the renowed architect Lina Bo Bardi was realised in Sao Paolo, Brazil. SESC Pompéia is a social and cultural centre formed out of an old factory from 1977 to 1986. To the original structure she added three concrete towers, connected by walkways from which the surrounding landscape can be appreciated. Reflecting upon this project, it perfectly exemplifies Bo Bardi's ineffable ability to create designs that respond directly to their users. By taking a pre-existing structure, that already had a special place within the community, this project married the contradictions of "high and low culture, chess, football and ballet, of old and young, of ambitious architecture and the everyday" that are inevitable in life. Her work has been shamefully overlooked, so it makes us very happy to pay a little homage to Lina Bo Bardi here now.
Review by Rowan Moore in the Guardian here