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.
Una Pavillion in São Sebastião, Brazil by Apiacás Arquitetos
January 14th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Apiacás Arquitetos
Located in a residential condominium at Barra do Una Beach (located in São Sebastião, near of São Paulo city), the project UNA Pavilion was signed by the brazilian architecture office Apiacás Arquitetos. For this project, Apiacás had the feasibility as a premise, considering the choice of materials and mainly focusing on the constructive details, capable of organizing the assembly system. Therefore, the structure is made up of standardized and modular elements: the foundation was executed in concrete, followed by pillars and beams in Cumaru wood, strategically placed in central axes in order to give greater freedom to the pivotal doors that make up the facade.
These closures consist of interspersed wooden slats that end up acting as vertical bricks, exerting a double function of protecting the construction and revealing the Atlantic Forest where it is inserted. The ground is suspended 50 cm from the ground in order to avoid any flooding due to its proximity to an existing stream.
All the connections were made in metal parts in order to facilitate the assembly and guarantee better structural performance for the meeting of pieces. In this way, the wooden fittings consequently become simpler and faster in their execution. The roof, in metallic tiles, has a continuous shutdown, all around the perimeter, favoring the circulation of the air by convection, in addition to balancing the light filtered by the closing panels.
The set of furniture was also idealized according to the initial premises of the project: made of the same kind of wood, they follow the rigor and simplicity of the constructive logic designed for the work. Reaffirming our premise of looking at a tectonic coherence no matter the scale of the object.
About Apiacás Arquitetos
Founded 16 years ago, Apiacás Arquitetos is run by the urbanistic architects Anderson Freitas, Pedro Barros and Acácia Furuya and develops projects in the institutional, residential, commercial and museographic areas for the public and private sectors. Preoting the multidisciplinary character of architecture, the projects are developed in a collaborative way among architects and professionals from other areas relevant to each challenge. The concern with the final result of the projects led the firm to commit itself to all the stages of each job, from the elaboration of the concept to the execution of the work. Throughout its existence, Apiacás has received a number of awards, among them, the first prize in the category of construction of the Young Architects Contest of the IAB-SP; the 2nd prize in the National Contest for the Complexo Paineiras Hotel in Rio de Janeiro; the 3rd prize in the National Competition for the Requalification and Expansion of the Castro Alves Theater Complex in Salvador; the 1st prize of SESC Franca Competition, in 2013; the 2nd place in the Contest of the Cultural Center, Events and Exhibitions of Paraty 2014; Honorable Mention Public Competition National Parque do Mirante Piracicaba in 2014 and the 2nd place in the Architecture Award Instituto Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel in 2015. In 2016, received an appointment for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).
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