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The Windows of New York and São Paulo

New York City-based graphic designer José Guizar’s captures the city’s eclectic array of windows through his weekly illustrations. Image Courtesy of José Guizar
New York City-based graphic designer José Guizar’s captures the city’s eclectic array of windows through his weekly illustrations. Image Courtesy of José Guizar

A little over a year ago, New York City-based graphic designer José Guizar started illustrating an obsession of his that had quickly grown since moving into the city: New York’s varied and eclectic windows. “A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city,” Guizar writes on his website. “This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.”

Others have since been inspired by Guizar’s colorful and captivating homage to the windows of NYC, and earlier this year São Paulo-based Nara Rosetto began her own weekly illustrations of windows in South America’s largest city.

Ranging from Victorian and porthole windows to windows with security bars, planting boxes and the occasional cat, the windows are as varied as the cities and buildings they occupy. 

Read on after the break for a journey through the windows of New York and São Paulo.

Subtle Modernization of 1950´s Apartment in São Paulo / 23SUL Arquitetura

  • Architects: 23SUL Arquitetura
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World's Megacities

With more than 7 billion people now alive, the greatest population growth over the last century has occurred in urban areas. Now, a new series of interactive maps entitled "The Age of Megacities" and developed by software company ESRI allows us to visualize these dramatic effects and see just how this growth has shaped the geography of 10 of the world’s 28 megacities. Defined as areas with continuous urban development of over 10 million people, the number of megacities in the world is expected to increase, and while Tokyo still tops the list as the world’s largest megacity, other cities throughout Asia are quickly catching up. Find out more after the break.

Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City's Slender Residential Tower

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

Ground Floor Loft. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Upper Floor Loft with View of Retractable Wall. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Night View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Aerrial View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque

Ramona / MM18 Arquitetos

  • Architects: MM18 Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Mila Strauss + Marcos Paulo Caldeira
  • Project Area: 358.9 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi

Marilia Project / SuperLimão Studio

  • Architects: SuperLimão Studio
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Architecture: SuperLimão Studio – Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello, Sérgio Cabra
  • Project Area: 450.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Maira Acayaba

© Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba

Vila Madalena House / Drucker Arquitetura

  • Architects: Drucker Arquitetura
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Mônica Drucker
  • Design Team: Ruben Otero, Victor Minghini, Ignácio Errandonea
  • Area: 409.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Vila Campo Belo House / DT Estúdio

  • Architects: DT Estúdio
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Luis Felipe Bernardini, Thais Aquino Alves da Cunha, Marcelo Mesquita Nunes
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio

© Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio © Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio © Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio © Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio

BOX 298 Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

  • Architects: Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Vinicius Andrade, Marcelo Morettin
  • Coordinators: Marcelo Maia Rosa, Renata Andrulis
  • Collaborators: Marcio Tanaka, Ricardo Gusmão, Guido Otero, Beatriz Vanzolini
  • Project Area: 5600.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photography: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Itobi House / Apiacás Arquitetos

  • Architects: Apiacás Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Acácia Furuya, Anderson Freitas, Pedro Barros
  • Collaborators: Accácio Mello, Ana Lúcia Santana, Bárbara Francelin, Cibele Mion, Daniela Santana, Fábio Teruia, Francisco Veloso, Gabriela Campos, Leonor Vaz, Maria Wolf, Marcelo Otsuka, Otávio Filho, Pedro Parede
  • Project Area: 200.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico

© Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico © Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico © Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico © Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico

Alberto Seabra Project / Base 3 Arquitetos

  • Architects: Base 3 Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • Team: Catherine Otondo, Jorge Pessoa, Marina Grinover Equipe: Bhakta Krpa; Cadu Marino, Fernando Tulio, Juliana Barsi, Julie Trickett, Livia Marquez, Luis Imenes, Matheus Tonelli, Patricia Mieko, Paula Saad, Rebeca Grinspum, Thaís Marcussi
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Pedro Vannucchi

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi

Heliópolis Social Housing / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos

  • Architects: Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Mario Biselli, Artur Katchborian
  • Area: 31330.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

AD Classics: São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi

When Lina Bo Bardi received the commission to build a new museum of art on São Paulo’s Terraço do Trianon, she was given the job under one condition: under no circumstances could the building block the site’s panoramic vistas of the lower-lying parts of the city. This rule, instituted by the local legislature, sought to protect what had become an important urban gathering space along Avenida Paulista, the city’s main financial and cultural artery. Undeterred, Bo Bardi came up with a solution that was simple and powerful. She designed a building with a massive split through its midsection, burying half of it below the terrace and lifting the other half into the sky. As a result, the plaza remained open and unobstructed, and in 1968, the iconic São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) was born.

© Flickr user Juliana Magro © Pedro Kok © Flickr user Rodrigo_Soldon © Flickr user Carol^-^

Paulista Apartment / Triptyque

  • Architects: Triptyque
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Associates: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud Olivier Raffaelli
  • Area: 520.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Roberto Wagner

© Roberto Wagner © Roberto Wagner © Roberto Wagner © Roberto Wagner

Milbank / Triptyque

  • Architects: Triptyque
  • Location: Rua Colômbia, 325 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Vitoria Ferraz e Manuela Coelho
  • Partners: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok

Cultura Bookstore / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler + Luciana Antunes + Marcio Tanaka + Mariana Ruzante

  • Architects: Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan, Diana Radomysler, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Mariana Ruzante
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Marcio Kogan
  • Co-Architects: Diana Radomysler . Luciana Antunes . Marcio Tanaka . Mariana Ruzante
  • Project Team: Carlos Costa . Eline Ostyn . Laura Guedes . Maria Cristina Motta . Mariana Simas . Regiane Leão
  • Studio Team : Beatriz Meyer . Carolina Castroviejo . Eduardo Chalabi . Eduardo Glycerio . Eduardo Gurian . Elisa Friedmann . Gabriel Kogan . Lair Reis . Oswaldo Pessano . Renata Furlanetto . Samanta Cafardo . Suzana Glogowski
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG