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.
LIMITED ITAIM in São Paulo, Brazil by PSA Arquitetura
September 22nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: PSA Arquitetura
This residential project inserted in the neighbourhood of Itaim Bibi, south of São Paulo, explored its best qualities to provide a respectful relationship with the surroundings. The basement proportion is designed as a volume that dialogues with the street scale. The distance between the building and the street allows a better landscape perception, including the open front garden that welcomes inhabitants and visitors.
The common areas transparency provides continuity from inside spaces to outside landscape and vice versa. The lower woody volume lifted from the ground level by round pillars is the main façade highlight.
The stepped volumetric tower above provides the comfort lighting and ventilation throughout. Exploiting this, the facade holds remarkable volumes finished with a wide variety of materials, colours and textures, enhancing the contemporary straight lines and glass transparency in the openings and the terraces.
The plans of these volumes define the limits of each unit to the line of the intermediate scaling. Upwards there is a particular detail on the terraces with sloping wood ceilings. Finally, a large box concludes the tower top duplex apartments with intermediate volumes.
The housing units main feature is the integration of internal areas where the absence of partitions provide a width of space, leaving only the confinement to privacy areas as bathroom and toilet. The relationship between the internal and the external is also due to the large frame that provides a wide visual range, making it possible to enjoy the view of the immediate and distant urban landscape.
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