Biotic Technology Park, Brasilia

Brazil

The Biotic Technology Park is a new innovation and research-oriented district, an extension of the historic Plano Piloto in Brasilia. In team with Carlo Ratti Associati and MIC, we elaborated virtuous solutions that provide high levels of accessibility and ensure the reduction of CO2 emissions, which is in line with our sustainability strategy.

The Biotic Technology Park is a new innovation and research-oriented district, an extension of the historic Plano Piloto in Brasilia. In team with Carlo Ratti Associati and MIC, we elaborated virtuous solutions that provide high levels of accessibility and ensure the reduction of CO2 emissions, which is in line with our sustainability strategy.

As an innovative green and social infrastructure that creates a new link between nature and technology, BIOTIC Technology Park presents a unique opportunity for investors to drive the sustainable development of Brasilia, the only city built in the 20th century to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This project, in line with the principles of Smart City, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer together with the urban planner Lúcio Costa in 1955, aims to improve the life quality for its inhabitants by reconnecting people with nature.

In the past, the project site, located in Brasilia, was used as a waste deposit, but despite this fact, nowadays, some native species have survived in the area. Parts of the Cerrado, the tropical Brazilian savanna that has not been removed, work like a genuine green curtain, reducing the visual impact of the activities developed inside the degraded areas. The local urban plans foresee the technological enhancement of the site. The master plan transforms the site into an innovative and sustainable technological park with great landscape attractions on the borders and small, intimate working spaces between the buildings. The BIOTIC project includes the four urban scales that Costa defined in the plan of Plano Piloto, or Pilot Project, as residential, monumental, gregarious and bucolic. A key issue lies in overcoming the lack of mixed-use and the strictly functional subdivision of the city according to modernist principles, integrating them rather than keeping them separate.

 

The landscape project is not just about creating a technological park, but also about preserving and enhancing the natural environment. The site is designed as a link between two ecological corridors, Torto stream and Bananal stream, with the aim of guaranteeing biodiversity and species richness. This commitment to environmental preservation reassures us that the project is not just about development, but also about sustainability and harmony with nature.

The landscape project covers an area of 96 ha and foresees 1.5 ha of multifunctional agriculture, 13 ha of restored Cerrado, 26 ha of green areas, 5.000 mq of water fountains, 15.000 mq of water retention basins, 2 km of ecological corridor, and 3 km of a pedestrian and bicycle loop that connects six thematic plazas, which create a strong interconnection between the two existing fragmented ecosystems.

In this sense, landscape is intended to be an active resource for improving urban development in the direction of resilience, social inclusivity, and economic dynamism.

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