FGV prepares for post-pandemic Brazil
Fundação Getulio Vargas has an important mission: to stimulate Brazil’s socioeconomic development. With this in mind and believing in the country’s growth potential once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the institution has been preparing for the economic recovery.
Even during this global emergency, FGV did not halt its activities and it has continued to transform ideas into achievements, always seeking to integrate the traditional with the modern. In the last few months, FGV has been working to expand its presence in Brazil by constructing new facilities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
In Rio de Janeiro, FGV is now completing its retrofit of the former Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and later the country’s consulate, which is now classified as a “preserved municipal building” by the Rio de Janeiro World Heritage Institute (IRPH). The building was designed in 1956 by Schmidt van Dorp, a firm of architects in Bonn, Germany, and work on constructing it was completed in 1961.
The retrofit project maintains the same architectural characteristics as the original design, while altering the means of access via a new staircase and ramps, emphasizing the original portico structure. The retrofit will add 1,700 square meters to the building’s offices, which at first will house FGV’s research centers. This work is scheduled for completion this year.
In Sao Paulo, FGV will construct a new building, on a site on Rua Professor Picarolo, covering 9,294.65 square meters, alongside the 9 de Julho Complex, in the city’s financial and commercial heart. The Picarolo Project combines modern technological resources with concern for students’ well-being and FGV’s tradition of educational excellence.
The building will incorporate innovative technologies to improve class dynamics, 10 floors of classrooms with flexible layouts, social spaces next to classrooms and a venue for events, which will allow modulation in line with the profile of meetings. There will also be direct access to the 9 de Julho Complex in future. The building is due to open in May 2022.
Watch this video to find out more about the new building: