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  7. Kaze Hair Salon / FGMF Arquitetos

Kaze Hair Salon / FGMF Arquitetos

  • 01:00 - 7 April, 2010
Kaze Hair Salon / FGMF Arquitetos
Kaze Hair Salon / FGMF Arquitetos, © Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects

    Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
  • Project Team

    Renata Davi, Monica Harumi
  • Structural Project

  • Coordinator

    Dante Furlan
  • Electrical And Hydraulics Projects

    Ramoska & Castellani
  • Construction

    Marcelo Szprynger
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The program asked by the client was a commercial space, which would be the seventh hair salon by this chain located in the city of São Paulo. The building should be according to the aesthetic language developed as well by FGMF for the Kaze salon at Mooca neighborhood, in 2004, which became a symbol and standard for the entire company.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

The Kaze salon Paulista unit was therefore established on a small and narrow lot, semi-detached on both sides in which the dimensions of a previous existing building could not be change because of a change in São Paulo construction legislation. Due to the minimal dimensions, the four floors of the building and the need for daylight, the façade composed by angled glass plates and the atrium gained great importance. The façade is the element which gives a contemporary look to the building, as its faceted form turns into a powerful lantern for the city at night. The atrium at the center of the building runs through all floors. Its main feature is a big panel made of ceramic tiles, designed by the plastic artist Fábio Flaks. It has become the area where clients lay their eyes while getting a haircut.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

The spaces are organized in a simple way along four floors which communicate by a metal staircase on their frontal portion. The lower floor contains the reception and changing rooms. There are on the second and third floors different areas for haircut, washing, hair coloring, epilation, bathrooms, and pantry. On the fourth floor is the administration.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

As well as a means for natural illumination, the glass façade is part of a controlled ventilation and passive temperature control system. Some window panes can be opened, allowing the passage of air through all the internal environment, cooling it on its way to exhausters on the last floor.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

The small sized lot allowed the building to merge with its urban environment, semi-detached as it is, but at the same time it is able to show individuality in the contrast with the surrounding buildings, qualifying the neighborhood in which it is settled.

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente
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André · August 18, 2010

Parece a Sperone Westwater Gallery do Foster com um joguinho brega na fachada.

bluevertical · April 09, 2010

Kaze Hair Salon by Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos #architecture #modern *killer exterior elevation

Pedro Kok · April 09, 2010

Muito bonito! Parabéns à equipe!

Beautiful! Congratulations to the team!

Cadu · April 08, 2010

Mas e ae, como que o deficiente chega até o sanitário acessível?

Fabio · April 08, 2010

I don't get the handicap bathroom in the first floor...
What about acessibility?

ygoglak · April 08, 2010 08:22 PM

it works. some areas allow you to go under the sink.

Gilboa · April 08, 2010

Those winter / summer diagrams look great - but why are there air cons in the interior shots? All what I'm saying is that if the airflow doesn't really work like that then why show it?...

Raj Narayanasamy · April 08, 2010

Kaze Hair Salon / Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos ...: The program asked by the client was a commerci...

ricardo · April 08, 2010

don't like it,'s just an opinion!

Santiago · April 08, 2010

The place looks great!
Really good work with the photos also!!

jijigua · April 08, 2010


Mustafa Fatih Belli · April 07, 2010

edit: What else is really worth to see in this building?

Fernando Forte · April 07, 2010

Hi Balkan,
Actually it costs US 20! But they sure cut a lot of hair! hah!

Bocetos Digitales · April 07, 2010

Kaze Hair Salon / Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos: © Fran ParenteArchitects: Fernando Forte, Lourenço...

Balkan · April 07, 2010

I cant even imagine how much will cost a single haircut to pay off this investment!


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