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Maiorca Residential Building / Lourenço | Sarmento

  • 01:00 - 16 May, 2009
Maiorca Residential Building / Lourenço | Sarmento
Maiorca Residential Building / Lourenço | Sarmento

Maiorca Residential Building / Lourenço | Sarmento Maiorca Residential Building / Lourenço | Sarmento Maiorca Residential Building / Lourenço | Sarmento Maiorca Residential Building / Lourenço | Sarmento +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Juiz de Fora - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Architects

    Paulo César Lourenço and Bruno Sarmento
  • Structural Engineering

    Protec Engenharia
  • Construction

    Suport Engenharia
  • Electrical & Sanitary Services

    Primus Engenharia
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. Maiorca is a residential building designed by Lourenço | Sarmento Arquitetos in the city of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, formed by five units of proximally 260 sqm and a duplex penthouse, situated in a high class residential area of the city.

The conceptual process aimed to create an integrated unity by the articulation of the different components, understanding the building as a volume and not as independent facades. That intention leads to a composition of added regular elements, represented by the cantilevered verandas, tied up together by the large gable that begins as a pergola and ends crowing the entire complex. Beyond this aesthetical function this frame gives protection and privacy to the users from the views of the other surrounding buildings and from the strength of the undesirable sun. Those elements are attached in the more massive volume of the staircase that anchors the whole.

The glass in the curtain wall and in the spider system of the hall, added to the wood vertical panels, works as negatives in the contrast between the filled and unfilled surfaces of the composition of folded panels and volumes.

Units had their layout idealized focusing on optimizing the pursued characteristics of the three zones of use - social, service and private - opening the living areas to the contact with the street and the views of the surroundings and locating the rooms in the rear area, much quieter and facing the morning sun. The kitchen and laundry are located in the middle, articulating those two zones. The openness of the social areas and the integration between living and the veranda were also an important issue in this process, reached by the special attention given to the structural system adopted - ribbed slab and the external location of the pillars - and to the detailing of the sliding doors of the facade that hides completely behinds a providential wall with their trail inlaid in the floor, free of unevenness between interior and exterior.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Maiorca Residential Building / Lourenço | Sarmento" 16 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Aletheia Bonaparte · July 18, 2011

muuuuito gostei!!! --

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kongo · May 23, 2011

Architects are so amazing,
I am interested in the same photographer I love the image around this apartment.

thank for share

Ayesha Luciano · November 23, 2010 nooossa! Tinha até esquecido! O Maiorca no ArchDaily...

dados · November 22, 2010

seems like samefag in here. archdaily needs ip check so people from same firm/ friends etc can't all give a false impression of this boring and uninventive project. to me it looks dated like late 90's

jon · February 03, 2012 08:18 AM

There is definitely some samefag, but anyone using a website comment section to make a decision on the merit of a design deserves to be misinformed.

ritchie r · October 09, 2010

IM PEI once said, "the simplest solution to a complex problem is the best there is". like this design solution, nothing really wrong with a simple solution. it's what makes it great!

miguel · May 26, 2010

Pretty exterior design, but when you see the plans it all goes down the drain.

The architect doesn't know how to place bathrooms inside a house: one is attached directly to the living room, only great if you want to watch TV directly from the toilet, and another is blocking entirely the natural light access to a room in a South facade.

Also the separation between elevator and access staircase, with both having separate hallways, and allowing someone to enter the house either from the living room or from the kitchen is very weird.. although i might be missing something here.

I like the light shafts in the middle of the plan, but that's pretty much it, all the rest is pretty weak.

@fariatomas · May 26, 2010

Conhecendo a legislacao brasileira,esse trabalho eh de tirar o chapeu.Parabens Paulo César Lourenço e Bruno Sarmento,muito bonito e otima solucao de planta. #Brasil!

amina · April 10, 2010

Im etudient in architectur;and i need more infirmation abaut it for my raport(my annalyse)for ewempel:

wich point make these appartement difirente?please ansere me,thanks

gustavo · August 22, 2009

elegant and simple...nice!!!

saman · July 29, 2009

ver good building

nndesign87 · June 24, 2009

very beautiful building , i like it

bismark · June 21, 2009

simplicity is complexity given a meaning . this ia great work. beauty is indeed simple

marilia costa · May 21, 2009

everybody who study architecture know that is so difficult to judge a project, because is necessary many analisys of it in aspects like design, function, beauty, relation with city etc.
to say that the project don't have nothing amazing..well, i don't thing that we can get this like an concret opinion about architecture. and i really believe that a lot of things were explored, otherwise, it wouldn't be in this web site. The simple volumetric elements make the complex of it. like less is more.

adolph · May 20, 2009

i think i like the colour scheme

Jaxolargo · May 20, 2009

Wonderful liveable architecture! Beautiful buildings doesn’t have to break the mould. And as a message to all young architects, please design from the inside-out. People have to live inside - a basic necessity...

Thiago Beck · May 20, 2009

*neither of you ARE aware*
Sorry for my bad English

Thiago Beck · May 20, 2009

@Punjabi and Lu

I can assume by your commentary that you both only looked at the pictures. I really think that with further analisys of the sections and plans both of you would realise it is far from a first year project. And Imagine if every building ever built brought a "break-thru"!? I'd really feel sorry about that, because it would banalize the acctual break-thru, and would make architects crazy, and with a feeling of under achivement. On top of that, and then I could understand your kind of feedback, neither of you is aware of the local conditioners, thus this building DO break a paradigma that is tipycal in our city (and considered the only sell-able tipology, wich of course this building proves wrong), that is placing the master bedroom at the front of the building.
But hey, that's just my two cents!

Lu · May 19, 2009

I agree mith Punjabi, it's boring.. it's like those buildings we used to design in our first year of architecture...

INawe · May 19, 2009

I just like the exploded axon... too bad it couldn't remain that way. feels like something was lost or not explored.

maybe its the fact that it is only an exercise in designing an elegant facade. its a nice building but nothing amazing.

Punjabi · May 19, 2009

crap...boring..there's nothing break thru on this one...

marilia costa · May 18, 2009

i just want to say congratulations for two things: the first is for the project, and the second is for the publication here. it's very important for brazilian architecture, and all of this give us motivation to make better.

Richie · May 18, 2009

Nicely articulated, though I agree that it's not really remarkable.

armeyn · May 17, 2009


Henrique Gonçalves · May 17, 2009


bg · May 17, 2009

Simple, clean, beautiful. Love it!

CarloS · May 17, 2009

I really like it. .. i 'd like to live in it.. !

JSX · May 17, 2009

Simple and freshy... would be comfortable to live in. love it.

christos · May 17, 2009

ok, it is not a remarkable design but is simple, clean lines, easy to use and look at, minimum materials, no mess around with expensive use of building technics, just good architecture and a nice place for everybody to live in, i want to buy one of these flats, well done!

Lucas Gray · May 17, 2009

It's a nice building. I wouldn't say its beautiful or remarkable in any way.

sven alstrom · May 17, 2009

truly beautiful!

modern & refreshing - this building demonstrates that the last century did offer us the opportunity to make structural expression beautiful.

Eduardo A. · May 17, 2009

Quite simple and elegant, very good work

André · May 17, 2009

Brasilians arquitects rules !

jaqui · May 17, 2009

love it, so clean!

Thiago Beck · May 17, 2009

Congratulations! it is ideed a great project!

Ominaeshi · May 17, 2009



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