You'll no longer feel sleepy while driving along the São Paulo Metropolitan Beltway, as Oscar Bressane has transformed a 34-kilometer stretch into an enjoyable vignette sure to keep you entertained and alert. In fact, Oscar Bressane Arquitetura e Paisagismo Ltda. in São Paulo, Brazil, is known for molding severe landscapes into national treasures.
This particular project--also called the Rodoanel "Mário Covas"--is one of the most important road projects in Brazil's history. The highway runs for 172 kilometers with eight lanes that connect all nine highways leaving São Paulo.
Bressane added vegetation to highlight the changing slopes of the highway and planted low-maintenance vines that will eventually take over the grass. By incorporating heterogeneous forests, he also provided views of color bands as the trees flower at various times. He focused on simple, easy-to-understand "language" because he feels it encourages appreciation from the driver, reducing the tendency to sleep caused by monotonous landscapes.
"The easy-to-use Place Plant tool in Vectorworks significantly reduced the time needed to complete the task, and the design was a real representation of the project," Bressane explains. "Each plant could be marked by text, and the Vectorworks Landmark software automatically keeps a list. I was able to avoid the arduous task of counting and checking symbols."