Livraria da Vila / Isay Weinfeld

Frontal view © Leonardo Finotti

Brazilian architecture has produced interesting works in the business/retail area, often limited to just interior design. Recent works by Marcio Kogan, Marcelo Alvarango or Tao Arquitetura are good examples of a tradition that, in my personal opinion, has a peak at Mendes da Rocha’s Forma store in Sao Paulo. If you ever go to Sao Paulo to visit local architecture, don´t be afraid of your girlfriend/wife taking you to shopping, there´s lots to see there.

Leonardo Finotti shared with us an interesting project by local architect Isay Weinfeld that is up to this brazilian standard, the Libraria da Vila bookstore in Sao Paulo. An hermetic volume with a pivoting book facade contains an interesting space filled with books distributed over 3 levels as you can see on the photos:

Frontal view © Leonardo Finotti
Entrance view © Leonardo Finotti
Underground Floor view © Leonardo Finotti
Stairway to the underground Floor © Leonardo Finotti
Ground Floor view; underground Floor below © Leonardo Finotti
View from the First Floor toward stairway to the ground Floor © Leonardo Finotti
Underground Floor © Leonardo Finotti
Room surrounded with bookshelfs on the ground Floor and underground © Leonardo Finotti
Stairway to the First Floor © Leonardo Finotti
Ground Floor; stairway to the First Floor on right © Leonardo Finotti
Tables and bookshelf in background © Leonardo Finotti
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Cite: David Basulto. "Livraria da Vila / Isay Weinfeld" 10 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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