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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.

MONET APARTMENTS in Belo Horizonte, Brazil by João Diniz Architecture Ltda

 
April 8th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: João Diniz Architecture Ltda 

CONSTRUCTED BUILDING AWARD AT IAB MG: INSTITUTE OF BRAZILIANARCHITECTS, MINAS GERAIS SECTION’s XV YEARLY PRIZE 2013

The Monet apartments building is located on a plot in a ‘ L’ shape in the hilly district of Cruzeiro in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and is a building of 13 floors with 18 apartments of approximately 80.00 m2 each, divided on levels of different configurations generating variations in the apartments shapes showing different terraces, double heights spaces or multi oriented balconies.

Image Courtesy © MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz

  • Architects: João Diniz Architecture Ltda
  • Project: MONET APARTMENTS
  • Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Photography: MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz
  • Architects collaborators: José Baccarini, Pedro Guadalupe, Lucas Campos, Isabel Diniz e Maurice Laje
  • Interns architecture students: Igor Hermont and Deborah Borges
  • Construction: TrenaEngenharia Ltda
  • Engineers: Gabriel Lustosa and Bruno Boissou
  • Structural Design: Sebastião Mendes
  • Plot area: 958.00 m2
  • Built Area: 4798.00 m2

Image Courtesy © MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz

The city of Belo Horizonte is a place known as the cradle of modern Brazilian architecture as done by Oscar Niemeyer around Pampulha lake and by many other local architects in several buildings around the city center.

In the Monet apartments the first three floors are parking areas accessed by Prata street. Right above those levels is the double height main floor of conviviality and public access from Minas Novas street, over this  entrance level are 9 floors containing the living units.

Image Courtesy © MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz

The rugged topography of the lot provided these two accesses at different levels raising the floors collective areas and promoting good views of the surroundings where the terraces and balconies are open to different directions internalizing the external landscape.

Image Courtesy © MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz

The result is a volumetric compositional progression fitting the different dwellings and considering the best sights and solar orientations, generated by panoramic terraces and balconies. This volumetric result is also a response to local building legislation that requires greater clearance as the building grows higher.This apparent limitation generated a critic and creative response to a conservative real estate market and municipal construction code.

Image Courtesy © MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz

As the building is occupied the interior spaces of each unit are shaped to the specific personal needs suggesting that the act of living, even in the collective building, is an individual achievement that is proposed in the rhythms of the designed floors, windows and materials.

Image Courtesy © MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz

Image Courtesy © MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz

Image Courtesy © MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz

Image Courtesy © MarcilioGazzinelli, Isabel Diniz

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

Image Courtesy © João Diniz Architecture Ltda

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One Response to “MONET APARTMENTS in Belo Horizonte, Brazil by João Diniz Architecture Ltda”

  1. Joao Diniz says:

    Thank a lot AECCafé and Sumit Singhal for this publication, João Diniz

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