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  3. Commercial Architecture
  4. Brazil
  5. Triptyque
  6. 2008
  7. Harmonia 57 / Triptyque

Harmonia 57 / Triptyque

  • 01:00 - 26 September, 2008
Harmonia 57 / Triptyque
Harmonia 57 / Triptyque, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sao Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
  • Project Chief

    Tiago Guimarães
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Structure

    Rika / Eng. Rioske Kanno
  • Hydraulic Engineer

    Guilherme Castagna
  • Contractor

    Bassani Arquitetos Construtores
  • Constructed area

    1,060 sqm
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© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

From the architect. The project in Harmonia Street is located in a neighborhood in the west side of São Paulo, where artistic life and creativity penetrates easily, where galleries and walls are mixed up, functioning as a stage for new expression forms. The alley in front of the building is an example - its graffiti present a concept of experimentation that flows out from the street into the construction.

Isométrica Tubos Vista 2 Vista 1 Diagrama +39

Like a living body, the building breathes, sweats and modifies itself, transcending its inertia. The walls are thick and covered externally by a vegetal layer that works like the skin of the structure. This dense wall is made of an organic concrete that has pores, where several plant species grow, giving the facades a unique look.

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

In this great machine, where the rain and soil waters are drained, treated and reused, a complex ecosystem is formed within the local. As in Deleuze's theory, this ecosystem is a multi functional universe made of several interconnected machines. It's a zone of multiplicity, where meanings and actions float between the unsaid, resulting in dynamic entities.


Its insides are exposed in the facades while the interior spaces are well finished with clear and luminous surfaces, as if the construction was inside out. The pipelines that serve the whole building - as well as the pumps and the water treatment system - are showing in the exterior walls, embracing them like veins and arteries of a body.

The building is like a neutral, grey base, sculpted and deformed. The aesthetic is a result of the process - the structure is rough and has a primitive elegance - a reflex of the actual concern with environmental issues and the investigation of ways of intervention.

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

Its volume is quite simple, but also remarkable: two grand vegetal blocks are connected by a metallic footbridge, cut by concrete and glass windows and terraces. Between the blocks a internal plaza opens like a clearing and acts like a place of encountering.

The terraces are spread in each floor, creating a visual game between volumes, lighting and transparency in the internal spaces. The frontal block is completely suspense, levitating over pilotis, while the back block is solid, complemented by a birdhouse-like volume on top of it.

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

Once again as a living body, its windows open up to the exterior with its concrete lips and terraces cut out pieces of the main volumes in different points, like eyes looking at the city from several points of view, while a giant concrete mouth invites automobiles to be swallowed to the inside of the building.

The result of this ensemble is an exceptional edifice that presents a new perspective on "live architecture".

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon
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Faudia · April 11, 2014

like the green

Stefani Gillian · February 27, 2012

Harmonia 57, Sao Paulo, Brazil @niabritania @yolarosabella

kathy zarsky · December 01, 2011

Biological buildings. I simply LOVE this! and this

Aly Alvy · October 10, 2011

Harmonia 57; #greencities

Thelma · September 09, 2010

it will look more or less like this:

(there are more renders in this website)

gerson · September 27, 2008

allthogtoth not an ecological design the IMAGE is green and unique. It's worth a visit. it's an identificable house.
Nice work.

ramblue · September 27, 2008


dim · September 26, 2008

very nice and beautiful concept of real green house. J saved pictures.

paj · September 26, 2008

How will it look like when the green has grown

banana · September 26, 2008



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