Brazilian architect Gustavo Penna has designed a sculptural glass monument as a symbol to journalism. The translucent structure, titled the Freedom of The Press Monument, was inspired by the concept of freedom. The design has received last year a World Architecture Festival Award for its sculptural qualities.
From Gustavo Penna:
The Freedom of the Press Monument is a gesture in glass. Crystal clear, solid, but as delicate as freedom itself.
It represents a perennial fight and reflects the culture of our people, based on common sense. Comes from there this translucent, dynamic shape which tears the space in two moments: one for advancing in the facts, in the truth, and another, free to expose itself and speak loud at the world.
That is how a spot on the federal capital emerges in order to shelter the International Press Center, but, mostly, it is introduced, the home for the symbol of all journalists.
The Monument is basically composed of two elements:
The first of a box with translucent structural glass panels supported by tie rods and fasteners metal trusses that form the external image of the building.
The underground is surrounded by concrete walls which are located facilities for multimedia projections, meetings, exhibitions and ceremonies.
Architects: Gustavo Penna
Location: Praça Central – Paranoá, Brasilia – Federal District, Brazil
Design Team: Alexandre Bragança, Augustin de Tugny, Fernando Arruda Guillen, Norberto Bambozzi
Total Area: 42,000 m²
Area: 7000 m²
Project Year: 2000
Photography: Casa Digital
*All images and information courtesy of World Architecture Festival.