On the main square of the City, this 2,530 sqm site, perfectly connected to the public transport, is very special for Salvador because it has a deeply rooted history and a strong public dedicated identity. The City will relocate the prefabricated and removable building that currently serves as City hall, and invites the bidders to propose creative and iconic projects to redevelop this historical and strategic site.
The site is very special for the
City of Salvador as it has a deeply rooted history and a strong public
dedicated identity. Salvador was founded in 1549 to be the first capital of
Brazil. Since the very beginning of the city history, the Thomé de Souza Square,
also known as the Municipal Square, is the civic center and an important symbol
and reference for the entire city. All the public buildings were located there
at the city foundation.
Nowadays, the Square is still
hosted many magnificent official buildings such as the Municipal Council, the Rio
Branco Palace, and as well the Lacerda Elevator which connects the Higher City
and the Lower City and transports an average of 900,000 people every day.
that the City of Salvador proposes for the Reinventing Cities competition, homed
until the 1960’s, the Official Press of Bahia building, the Public Library and,
the building of the Police Department for Games and Customs. With the transfer
of these public services to other places, these buildings were demolished,
scarring the historical Square initial composition.
became a semi-underground parking garage, and later, a modern removable
building designed by renowned Architect João
Filgueiras Lima (known as Lelé) was installed there for the Municipal
Executive Power - the City Hall, which is still in operation at the site.
building, designed to remain there for 6 months, has been in the same place
since 1986. The City of Salvador has decided to take over of the relocation of
this prefabricated and removable building and would like to build instead a new
Throughout the Reinventing Cities
competition, the City is inviting architects, developers and projects holders to
propose creative projects to redevelop this historical and strategic site. The
City is dreaming of an iconic project including new uses and a modern and
sustainable design that will recompose the urban scenario of the first square
of Salvador, and will highlight the commitment of the City to foster decarbonized