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.
Praça Vila Nova in São Paulo by Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura
August 2nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura
Praça Vila Nova is a project located on an entire block near an avenue. The program is distributed among the two residential towers that share a leisure area and a natural square right in from of them in the block centre. Both towers have one apartment per floor which has a generous balcony.
The project highlight is the distance taken from the entrance to the towers due to the square between them, what grants natural daylight for the apartments and a large area for a rest on the grass.
The architectural concept is clear: two residences towers and a large courtyard. In addition to provide unique identity to space, the square garden is integrator of ground floors of the towers by sliding and transparent frames that unify the inside and outside. This interaction describes the proposal and weakens the boundaries between inside and outside.
The landscape was designed as an extension of the architecture, concerning its proportion and rhythm. The prismatic volumes of the towers is a result of design in rings formed by the balconies around the buildings perimeter, to offer better use of the skyline view (next to Ibirapuera Park) of the apartments ( one per floor).
Considering the perimeter rings of towers, gaps have been set for hanging gardens that relate with the green courtyard downstairs and green urban environment designed. The project follows the concepts of sustainability (Green Buildings): Water quality control of drained rainwater reduces consumption on site for irrigation by 50%. Energy is saved due tomore efficient lighting systems, elevators and equipment.
The first tower housing units have a large balcony facing the social areas, exploring the best views. While the inner part opens up predominantly on the right side, in the second type, the apartment internal divisions is a little different. The balconies are at the end of the volumes, while the intimate and service areas are concentrated on the opposite corner.
The ground is glazed as the penthouses. On the ground the intention was to establish a direct relationship with the courtyard, whilst in the penthousesthe highlight is the relationship with the city skyline. On the top of the first tower there is a triplex penthouse apartment distributed in social, intimate from lower to the upper floor, while in the other tower on the top there is a duplex penthouseapartment, whose lower floor is for the intimate area and the upper social and leisure. Praca Vila Novaresulted fromthe care with the direct surroundings (patio) and distant (skyline), in addition to sustainability in contemporary architecture.
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