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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Vitra, São Paulo, Brazil by Daniel Libeskind

February 17th, 2011 by Susan Smith

Vitra, a multi-faceted, luminous glass tower with a sculptural shape in São Paulo, Brazil, is Daniel Libeskind’s first project in South America. The building will include 14 apartments, one per floor plus a two-floor penthouse- from 565 to 1,145 square meters. The main distinction is that each unit’s floor plan will be unique. Vitra will stand on Horácio Lafer Av., in the Itaim Bibi district, between Salvador Cardoso St. and Lopes Neto St. Near Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek Av. and Brigadeiro Faria Lima Av, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. The site offers quick and easy access to several leisure sites such as the Ibirapuera and Do Povo parks.



Vitra - photograph by Crystal

Vitra Completion: 2013

Client: JHSF Participações
Building Address:
Rua Horacio Lafer, 500
Itaim Bibi, São Paulo

Technical Details:

  • Site Area: Residential: 7,240 sqm
  • Total Residential Gross: 8,800 sqm
  • Residential floor plates: Range from 610 to 670 sqm including balconies
  • Total Area with ancillary programs: 14,000 sqm
  • Roof Area: (PV): 260 sqm
  • Roof height: 77m maximum
  • Units: 15 Residential Levels- Top two comprise a ‘special unit penthouse’ 14 total units
  • Structure: Concrete


  • Joint Venture Partner/Association with Architect of Record: Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura
  • Structural Engineer: JKMF
  • Electrical Systems: Interativa Engenharia Ltda
  • Mechanical Systems: M.S.A. Mário Sérgio
  • Windows: QMD Consultoria

Photo Credits:
1 (c) SDL
2-7 ©Crystal
JHSF Project Site



Vitra exterior - photograph by Crystal

According to Libeskind,“Vitra radiates a new spirit  for condominium living within a vibrant urban neighborhood and is a celebration of an open culture with energy and life of an evolving city and region. A sculpted crystalline form, inspired by the dramatic beauty in the powerful natural resources of Brazil, Vitra creates a new icon for the city of São Paulo.”  Construction is set to begin in July 2011.


Vitra Night view - photograph by Crystal




Vitra Lobby - photograph by Crystal

Master bedroom - photograph by Crystal

Vitra apartment view - photograph by Crystal

Vitra apartment view 2 - photograph by Crystal

Vitra Sketch

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