In one of the last urban voids of São Paulo, Decio Tozzi designed the Villa-Lobos Park with a music city theme. Its center was conceived as a musical oasis and its different infrastructures, such as the Ilha Musical, are organized around music and culture.
The musical city park
Villa-Lobos Park is a park located in the western part of São Paulo, in the Alto dos Pinheiros neighborhood, next to the Pinheiros River. Its recent creation is motivated in 1987 by the centenary of the birth of the famous Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. To celebrate his memory, an area of almost 750,000m², a former rubbish tip and open-air garbage dump, was elected for the construction of a leisure, culture and sports park. One of the last large urban voids in São Paulo was thus converted into a modern public park. The new park was designed by the Paulista architect Decio Tozzi, with a music city theme, honoring the composer. Its center was conceived as a musical oasis with different infrastructures organized around music and culture. The park also hosts many sport facilities and its perimeter follows a new bicycle path more than 3km long. Finally, several species of trees and vegetation have been introduced creating a large biodiverse forest of about 37,000 trees.
An open auditorium
The Musical City promotes musical events, and has different programs depending on the scale of the event. In the center of the oasis emerges a remarkable structure. The Ilha Musical (or musical island) hosts a cantilevered concrete L, covering an open-air auditorium. The massive volume of levitating concrete contrasts with the steps carved into the ground. The stage is an open space located under this partial cover in the center of the stands, forming a reduced sonic cocoon. The longilineal cantilever marks a horizontal landmark that opens a perspective onto the city’s towers. The architecture and the technical achievement make it a privileged infrastructure for small concerts and recognized by the artists who can perform there freely.
Aerial views of the early transformations of the park and its integration into the city. © Decio Tozzi