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Modernization and Identity: The Architectural Design of Line 2 of the Salvador Metro by JBMC Arquitetura & Urbanismo

Project name:
Pernambués Metro Station
Architecture firm:
JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Salvador, Bahia - Brasil
Nelson Kon
Principal architect:
João Batista Martinez Correa
Design team:
Beatriz Pimenta Correa, Cecilia Pires, Clarice Shinyashiki, Cynthia Melo, Emiliano Homrich, Frederico Freitas, Gabriela Assis, Giusepe Filocomo, Gustavo Hannum, Helena Theodorakis, João Batista Martinez Correa, Marina Caio, Raffaella Yacar, Sandra Morikawa
Álvaro Macedo, André Delfim, Carina Oshita, Carlos Grasso, Cleide Cesario, Danilo Cosenza, Flávio Baraboskin, Frederico Teixeira, Gabrielle Rossini, Henrique Borçato, Isabelle Soares, Julio Campos, Lucas Martins, Marco Pelaes, Mariana Portella, Marina Lima, Marysol Ribas, Nara Borges, Paulo Ricardo Mendes, Penelope Casal de Rey, Reinaldo Nishimura, Sergina Machado, Tais Ossani, Vitor Aguiar e Vitor Delpizzo
Interior design:
Interns: Laura Aguiar, Livia Guazzelli, Nabila Sukrieh e Tatiana Ordine
Built area:
Site area:
9,007.52 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Promon Engenharia
Environmental & MEP:
Environmental Comfort Consulting: Anésia Frota • Engineering Consultancy: Paulo Ricardo Mendes • Environmental Comfort Consulting: Anésia Frota • Bim Consulting: Ivo Mainardi
Rodolfo Geiser
Tools used:
CCR – MetrôBahia / Consórcio Mobilidade Bahia
Transportation › Metro Station

Line 2 of the Salvador Metro, a public concession of the State of Bahia with private construction and operation, marks the connection between the economic center of Salvador, in the Iguatemi/Rodoviária region, and the International Airport. Starting in 2013, the project by JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo sought to combine concepts of identity standardization with solutions to modernize the stations' internal program.

The aim was to develop "typical station" designs that were functional in structural, architectural and color terms. This model was applied to 8 stations on the line: Pernambués, Imbuí, CAB, Pituaçu, Flamboyant, Tamburugy, Bairro da Paz and Mussurunga. The stations were built on two floors, with the platforms at near-surface level and the mezzanine on the upper floor. To access the high level of the mezzanine, the access walkways to the stations were designed as elements of urban connections, promoting safe circulation between the different levels of the banks of Paralela Avenue, the stations and the cycle path.

Through this standardization, it was possible to rationalize construction with gains in scale, saving resources and reducing execution times, as well as reinforcing the image of the new stations through their unique characteristics. The reduction in the impact of the works was the result of the use of prefabricated construction systems, such as self-supporting metal roof tiles and pre-molded support structures, which result in the remarkable 10 metal vaults, which, aligned and superimposed, create spaces for light and air to enter the interiors.

The decision to use self-supporting metal tiles determined the architectural design of the stations, defined by 23-meter arches, pre-painted and shaped on construction site. To preserve the possibility of ventilation and natural lighting, the roof was divided into 11 sections inclined at 10 degrees, forming a sequence of vaulted sheds. The articulation of these two constructive elements determined the internal spatiality and external reading of the stations, reinforced by the application of color, common to the entire Line. The color chosen for the design of the stations is yellow, a warm and vibrant color like the city, which contrasts with the blue skies of Salvador.

By Liliana Alvarez

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