The byword of tropical shopping and leisure, Breeze Walk recreates a cityscape of low-rise buildings, landscaped walkways and courtyards that will take customers through its 64,000 sqm of retail, office spaces, restaurants, bars and cafes. An axial set of waterways, artificial lakes and pools brings the project together into a central courtyard for all-day and night entertainment.
The entire project was built under 150m2 of re-used cardboard structures and paper packaging. After the exhibition, the space was 100% recycled. This is a conceptual aesthetic clinic that contains 7 rooms for body and facial aesthetic services, plus a reception lounge and a corridor.
The housing project and urban plan Heliópolis Gleba H, in Heliópolis, one of the biggest favela in Brazil with over than 130.000 people in São Paulo, the biggest city of Latin America, is the second of Brazilian architectural firm Vigliecca & Associados at this community. The first one, called Heliópolis Gleba A (2012), became a reference to the dwellers, who asked for similar houses when a new housing development was announced. They considered the apartments’ wide service area as one of the projects highlights that contributes to quality of life.
When she saw the 2,500 m² lot at the top of the Morumbi hills, in São Paulo, the architect Monica Drucker knew that she had found the ideal spot for her client’s residence. The area harmonized the view to the urban skyline with the tranquility of a tree-lined street, in addition to excellent privacy conditions assured by the 1.5 m unevenness relative to the street. In the project, it is possible to identify elements of the Paulista modernism repertoire, such as the horizontal windows, the overhangs, the rigid lines in angles and whiteness. The construction preserved the existing trees and bamboos defining the entrance, enhancing the volume, the 3.60 m overhangs and the transparent frames.
Novo BairroResidencial do Porto consists of a residential development located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Based on principles of innovative sustainability, functional diversity, and design sophistication, the project will offer to a refreshing way to compose new neighborhoods. The mixed-use residential development consists of 4 sites occupied by 17 residential towers, connected in rhythm by horizontal podiums of street-level shops with office, community and institutional premises above, and basement parking. It totals 396,283 m2 of construction above ground and 144,102 m2 of parking underground. The 3,790 apartments (1, 2, and 3 bedrooms units) all share high-quality amenities, reception and clubhouse spaces, gym, sport, and meeting facilities, outdoor gardens, sundecks and infinity pools overlooking the waters of Guanabara Bay.
As part of a package of investments for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the regeneration of 85 hectares of land near the old docks will create more than 1 million sqm of apartments, hotels, office buildings and a convention centre. The project addresses two moments: the completion of support facilities for the 2016 Olympic Games (10,600-room accommodation for media and referees, a media-centre and 3 to 5-star hotels) and its transformation post-Games into a vibrant mixed-use extension of the city centre. A green loop circuit of public spaces embraces the whole master plan encouraging pedestrian and bicycle use by linking the various dissociated sites and connecting the whole area to the nearby waterfront of the revitalized docks.
A bookstore with a meeting place. This was the main premise of the architectural project of the bookstore Livraria Cultura at Iguatemi. More than just merely a place to shop, the store is inviting to stay and hang-out. Thus, we sought for visitors to not only find a book that they might be looking for, but rather that they remain there.
Taking the 2 existing buildings as a starting point, we have created a phased commercial development with additional 6 office and hotel towers in a total of 240,000 sqm stretching along 500m. The towers are laid out in a soft rotation angle from each other so to allow more space between them, guarantee open views, and create a dynamic outdoor inner space rich in landscape, water features, canopied walkways and supportive retail. The later twin towers sit on a retail podium that gradually steps up amidst recreational open courtyards to overcome the existing 12m level gap on site.
The house of architecture influenced by movements that emerged in the 60s – the same as the construction of Brasilia – has no such historical recovery by mere coincidence. The result was a request of residents who love the modernist style and one of the Brazil Capital and from the decision of the architect who chose to create a coherent work with the city, which today is the greatest living example of that school, that clashes with the local context.