Fidalga 727 / Triptyque

© Fran Parente

Architects: Triptyque – Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
Location: , Brazil
Project Chief Architect: Bruno Simões
Client: Idea Zarvos / Movimento Um
Contractor: CPA Engenharia & Construções
Structure: Esteng Estrutural Engenharia
Hydraulics and electrics: Gera serviços de engenharia
Windows: Arqmate Consultoria de Esquadrias
Lightning: Companhia de Iluminação
Locksmithing: Irmãos Farias
Project area: 2,778 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2010
Photographs: Fran Parente

© Fran Parente

The urban landscape of São Paulo is heavily influenced by two main characters that coexist independently and simultaneously. On one hand, the vertical constructions – most of them faithful to the modernist/rationalist models –, which evolve randomly with the inconstant guidelines of the urban planning. On the other hand, the historical and/or informal occupation of two or three floors of the residual spaces between these constructions.

© Fran Parente

The ensemble is characterized by spectacular scale and height limits breaks, resulting in a chaotic and discontinuous urban landscape. Located in the heart of a middle class neighborhood undergoing constant change, the project – a standard housing tower – is precisely put in this context, and situated on the margins of one of these permanent breaks, revealing a split panoramic skyline.

© Fran Parente

This proposal is nourished by the formal and textual complexity of the site, and reformulates the traditional “paulista” residence model. The fragmentation of the building’s body into three parts is made for a better integration of the recreational area and the vertical / horizontal circulation spaces. A small square in the frontal area is given back to the urban space.

ground floor plan

The housing units are stacked according to a non-linear and non-modular variation of typologies and windows, giving the building its main look, marked by the use of simple and urban materials..

The design of the homes / apartments follows these principles:

- Individual access by external gateway.

scheme 02

- One apartment/home in each floor, emphasizing the 360 degrees view / ventilation

- A remarkable architectural element per apartment (double volumes, patio terrace, duplex / penthouse garden).

- Different windows in each unit,

-Free plan allowing different internal partitions – modular hydraulic and electrical plugs distribution.

Cite: "Fidalga 727 / Triptyque" 16 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Jakov

    nice, with clever cutting of costs. but what will happen when they build on neighbouring lots? speculative building trap – you buy an apartment with a view, but only for a year, after that – neighbour’s window two metres away.

    • Ben

      I live just 2 blocks from this building, and can confirm that the land to the side of 727 has recently been sold to a developer who is now building an 8 storey apartment block that will totally block the view for all the apartments that are located in the rear half of the building…not much the residents/ moradores can do about that now.

  • marion

    uncreative and boring
    there are way better projects finished in Sao Paulo then this one
    and … how am i going to hang a lamp in those
    apto. from the ceiling ???
    its going to look nasty if you change the positition

  • Robert

    Seems to bring something new, but if you pay attention… it is LOUSY!

  • Leonardo Ximenes

    Corbusier still matters. Good job.

  • Fernando

    Great project! The Brazilian market of housing is hard, bad architecture and bad design is a pattern. This design clash the ideia arround the market and bring a new thinking to a ridiculous market in São Paulo.