The idea of a coach terminal often evokes a depressing image of coldness, waiting, discomfort, a place in which one spends as little time as possible, besides evoking all kinds of danger. In Santo André, when we confronted the challenge of overcoming this stigma of urban discomfort, we held to our conviction that our cities can still be dealt with successfully.
A coach terminal does not have to consist merely of platform halls, especially when it is built close to an urban tangle of bridges, railways, expressways and a river.
We projected a complex that would reconstitute the urban fabric, severed and separated over time, due to the uncontrolled growth, or should we say, inflating, of our metropolis.
This structure serves the intercity coach terminal, the railway station for a new fast train system under construction (CPTM), a bus terminal for local routes, and the pedestrians who can now cross the various barriers in sheltered comfort, while contemplating the harsh beauty of the industrial landscape. An urban facility in metropolitan scale, a single intervention that radiates throughout the greater city in contagious waves of improvement and comfort: this is the coach and rail terminal of Santo André city.