The design of the new convent took place through a long-time participatory process which allowed us to focus on a complex functional program that combined the requests related to the lifestyle of the clients, religious dedicated to prayer, hospitality and to fraternal life, with the needs deriving from the climatic and social conditions of the site.


修道院位于萨尔瓦多环境最脆弱的São Cristóvão地区。圣方济会伯大尼兄弟会于2010年在这里成立,虽然只是一个临时结构,但它在2012年为附近贫民窟的100多名儿童提供了幼儿园的场地,并将在修道院建成后成为一所学校。

The Convent is situated in the neighborhood of São Cristóvão, one of the most dangerous and fragile of Salvador. The Franciscan Fraternity of Bethany is there since 2010, albeit in a temporary structure, and in 2012 it created a kindergarten for more than 100 children from the neighboring favelas, as part of a wider social project that after the completion of the convent will see the realization of a school.

▼项目概览:修道院餐厅,Preview: the refectory © Cesare Querci



The design took place partly in Italy and partly in Brazil, to fully understand the spirituality of the client and the meaning of creating a convent in such a particular context.

Living the life of the convent we understood how important it was to organize the spaces around the rules that mark the day, rules made up of individual moments of prayer and moments of sharing, but as the same time how the often-extreme conditions of the subtropical climate, influence the lifestyle. Since the building would not have had mechanical air conditioning systems, it was necessary to offer protection from the sun and shelter from the rain but at the same time leave the air to flow between the buildings.

▼圣器室,The sacristy building © Cesare Querci

▼立面近景,Close-up view to the sacristy building © Cesare Querci


Planimetrically, we reinterpreted the classical introverted conventual typology multiplying the number of cloisters and thinning out the buildings to allow the wind, which constantly blows from the east, to reach all the buildings and open areas.

▼功能分布示意,Functional scheme © Mixtura


The convent’s morphology is articulated around five green cloisters: at west, facing the access door and the main municipal road, there is the public part of the complex, dedicated to welcoming, with the refectory at south, the church in the middle and the sacristy and reception hall at north. These buildings, although autonomous and recognizable, are ideally and formally united by a large wooden roof which gives them architectural unity.

▼教堂和餐厅建筑,The church and the refectory © Cesare Querci

▼餐厅外观,The refectory © Cesare Querci

▼餐厅二层视角,The refectory from the first floor © Cesare Querci

▼餐厅内的分流走廊,The refectory distribution gallery © Cesare Querci

▼在餐厅前奔跑的孩子们,Children’s playing in front of refectory © Cesare Querci


In front of the chapel, in continuity with the large roof, there is a covered square, a meeting place that offers shelter from the sun during the day and allows the church to accommodate more than 500 seated people.

▼教堂外的广场,The covered square © Cesare Querci

▼教堂,The Church © Cesare Querci

▼教堂内部空间,The Church – Interiors © Cesare Querci


Between the sacristy and the administration buildings to the north east stands the library, a translucent polycarbonate’s volume suspended on four cumaru’s wood pillars that at night becomes a luminous lantern that allows its contents to be perceived.

▼图书馆,The library © Cesare Querci

▼夜晚的图书馆,The library at night © Cesare Querci


To the south-east is the building that houses the cells of the monks and nuns, the only 3-floor building consisting of a precast concrete structure, a very widespread and reliable technology in Salvador. It’s surrounded by a wooden exoskeleton that houses the distribution gallery and systems of wooden brise-soleil necessary to avoid overheating of the walls and to guarantee shelter from rainwater.

▼宿舍楼,The cell’s building © Cesare Querci

▼建筑被木制的外骨架包围,The building is surrounded by a wooden exoskeleton © Cesare Querci

▼宿舍楼走廊,The cell’s building – Distribution galleries © Cesare Querci

▼从宿舍回廊望向天空,The sky from the cell’s cloister © Cesare Querci


The roofs of all buildings are always raised and detached from the building envelope to allow hot air to escape, while cross ventilation is always guaranteed in the cells and other closed areas through adjustable brise soleil systems above doors and windows.

▼建筑立面,The refectory facade © Cesare Querci

▼圣器室内部,The sacristy building – Interiors © Cesare Querci

▼室内立面细节,Interior facade © Cesare Querci


The artisanal component, resulting from the use of local manpower and traditional techniques for the cooling of the rooms, gives the project a strong architectural identity.The use of photovoltaic panels to produce electricity, hot water and the recovery of rainwater, make the convent complex almost completely energy self-sufficient.

▼教堂(左)和图书馆(右)夜景,The chruch (left) and the library (right) at night © Cesare Querci

▼餐厅夜景,The refectory at night © Cesare Querci

▼整体夜景,Night view © Cesare Querci

▼场地平面图,Site Plan © Mixtura

▼首层平面图,Ground Floor Plan © Mixtura

▼二层平面图,First Floor Plan © Mixtura

▼东立面图,East Elevation © Mixtura

▼西立面图,West Elevation © Mixtura

▼纵剖面图,Longitudinal section © Mixtura

▼可持续设计示意,Sustainability © Mixtura

Project Name: FFB Convent
Author/Architect: Mixtura
Lead Architect: Cesare Querci
Area: 5300 m²
Year : 2022
Design Team: Cesare Querci, Maria Grazia Prencipe, Guido Di Croce
Early Stage Design: Cesare Querci, Maria Grazia Prencipe, Guido Di Croce, Alessandro D’Onofrio, Fabio Speranza, Vittoria Grifone
Photo Credit: Cesare Querci