This is a very very special place, a perfect composition of how humans can design in harmony with, and in celebration of, nature. Located in the centre of Curitiba, on experiencing a visit to this paradise you understand why the city is rightly called by many “the most sustainable city on Earth”.
Set amongst 37,000m2 of wild and lush native hilly Brazilian forest called Zaninelli woods, an abandoned quarry has been turned into a lush oasis to house UNILIVRE, Brazils first open environmental university. A lesson in urban recycling, the old quarry hole is now a beautiful lake which abounds with wildlife; ducks, turtles, swans, fish, butterflies, dragonflies... The actual school is a lesson in creativity and playfulness; a series of bioconstructed buildings are set on a steep hill within a circular ring of tall Eucalyptus posts, around which spirals a wooden ramp, bringing the adventurer from the lake, around the school up to a viewing platform 22 metres above. While ascending one feels a giddyness and joy like that perhaps of the “Swiss family Robinson”.
The building was officially opened by Jacque Cousteau on the 5th of June 1992, international day for the environment.
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