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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Livraria Da Vila in São Paulo, Brazil by Isay Weinfeld

 
August 8th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Isay Weinfeld

The Livraria da Vila is the result of the refurbishment of a two-story house, built on a very narrow plot in São Paulo.

From start, it was clear an open plan was needed, as to better arrange products and circulation. For that reason, significant structural alterations were performed to the existing building, such as the incorporation of metal parts that would make it possible to displace the pillars to the outer sections of the building, and reinforce its foundations.

Livraria Da Vila

  • Architects: Isay Weinfeld
  • Project: Livraria Da Vila
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Collaborator: Domingos Pascali
  • Project Manager: Monica Cappa
  • Team: Marcelo Alvarenga / Juliana Garcia / Leandro Garcia
  • Date Of Commission: Sept 2006
  • Date Of Completion: Apr 2007
  • Built Area: 790 m²

Livraria Da Vila

  • Book Display: 1.280 Linear Meters (Shelves)
  • General Contractor: Fairbanks & Pilnik
  • Structural Engineer: Stec Do Brasil Engenharia
  • Foundation Engineer: Stec Do Brasil Engenharia
  • Mechanical, Electrical And Pumbling Engineers: Mvf Instalações
  • Landscape Design: Isabel Duprat
  • Sound: Homesystem
  • Graphic Design: Roberto Cipolla
  • Cement Floor: Cada Canto
  • Ceramics: Gail  (Bathrooms | Pantry)

Livraria Da Vila

  • Stones: Clodomar
  • Sanitary Ware: Deca
  • Precast Concrete Panels: Concresteel
  • Glassware: Casa Dos Vidros
  • Lighting: Cia De Iluminação
  • Stainless Steel : Fabrinox
  • Skylight: Agrotan
  • Metal Work: Swatt
  • Woodwork: Legno Marcenaria
  • Acrylic Work: Acriresinas

Livraria Da Vila

The inclusion of one level – basement – allowed for the setting up of an entire floor exclusive for children, in addition to a small auditorium, to hold courses and lectures.

We believe that in a commercial venue, a project must always be developed to enhance the product, its in-store merchandising, and its sales. There are, undoubtedly, innumerable ways to achieve this goal, and it is probably the nature of the approach that distinguishes each project.

We, in particular, strive for solutions that will allow customers to experience the product as comfortably as possible.

Livraria Da Vila

In the case of Livraria da Vila, such comfort is translated into the composition of low-ceilinged spaces, dark tones, indirect lighting and infinite shelves – in careful disarray – covering all walls to the ceiling. Whichever direction one looks at, there are books, and an unpretentious feel, reminding that of used-book stores, making customers at ease to browse the shelves for the books they want, to leaf through or even read them in the couches and easy chairs scattered around the multiple stories.

The pivoting window-shelf-doors, and the voids “connecting” one floor to the next, are other project elements that, unexpected, invite customers to enter and explore the store and its various spaces.

Livraria Da Vila

Livraria Da Vila

Livraria Da Vila

Livraria Da Vila

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