Nestled in São Paulo‘s bustling Vila Madalena neighbourhood in Brazil, the slim silhouette of AIR Madalena soars skyward from the street below. The elegant tower will be home to six lofts varying from 100 to 140 square metres, each with an open-air terrace and ample windows to maximize the panoramic views of São Paulo. Designed and built by São Paulo and Paris-based firm Triptyque and realized by the firm’s high-end real estate wing IV, the slender building is promised to be completed within 24 months.
Step inside AIR Madalena’s elegant lofts after the break
The last episode of Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture series tells the story of Ricardo, an informal builder in Rocinha, Brazil’s largest favela. “A foreign architect would not get into this hole and dig. He would hire someone or would hire machines. But here in the favela, we are hands on,” he says in the episode. Ricardo has built over one hundred houses in Rocinha despite not having any formal training. Yet as Brazil prepares for the World Cup and the Olympic Games, life in Rocinha is changing. This 25-minute episode follows Ricardo as well as Luis Carlos Toledo, the architect behind the government’s regeneration of Rocinha, as the two seek to incorporate their solutions into the future of the country’s favelas.
Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…
Architects: UNA Arquitetos
Location: Joinville – Santa Catarina, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
Design Team: Ana Paulo De Castro, José Carlos, Miguel Muralha, Jimmy Liendo, Sílio Almeida, Carolina Klocker, Marta Onofre
Area: 432.0 sqm
Photographs: Bebete Viégas
Location: Campus de Planaltina – Universidade de Brasília – Planaltina, Brasília – Distrito Federal, Brasil
Authors: Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
Collaborators: Arquiteta Ana Carolina Caetano Alves, Arquiteta Karine Meneses Chagas de Carvalho
Project Area: 4795.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Joana França