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.
Building in Itaim in São Paulo, Brazil by FGMF Arquitetos
September 27th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: FGMF Arquitetos
Established in one of the most valued places in the city, this enterprise has a permanent view to the park across the street and towards a low-density green neighborhood.
The program is a high-end residential condo with duplex and triplex apartments ranging between 882 and 1066 m² per unit. The building has two volumes remarkably vertical: the south tower, discreet and elegant containing the services and bedrooms, and the north tower, which stands as a counterpoint to the seriousness of its neighbor and is composed of horizontal ‘slices’ with different sizes and shapes, and accommodates the living rooms, balconies, mezzanines and terraces.
Protected from the noise of the Pinheiros freeway, these ‘slices’ are generous spaces and establish a perception of continuity between the interiors spaces and the landscape. Manipulated in order to obtain the maximum use of FAR, it observes a mandatory progressive setback andexplores the views around it, fitting a commercial strategy of maximizing the sales area without compromising the architectural quality.
The setbacks and views became an energy-efficient strategy: the alternate slabs create rich spaces that, at the same time, work as a gigantic louver system, shadowing the north façade of the building and minimizing the sun impact on the west – exactly where the best view is. Consequently, it allows the living rooms to be completely transparent spaces, opened towards the landscape, and the balconies to be fluid spaces emphasizing the contrast with the south tower.
The south tower is a concrete monolith with projected slabs on the bedrooms that function as overhanging eaves and, at the same time, as balconies. Beneath this vertical tower, a horizontal volume is cantilevered, forming a suspended pool with a glass border on the front. In thissame level, other leisure facilities are placed: sauna, gym and a solarium with leisure pool. This suspended element above the ground floor loosen the south tower making it ‘float’above the garden.
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