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Oscar Freire Observatory / Triptyque

  • 01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Oscar Freire Observatory / Triptyque
Oscar Freire Observatory / Triptyque, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Oscar Freire, 1128 - Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Associates

    Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud, Olivier Raffaelli
  • General coordinator

    Luiz Trindade
  • Project Manager

    Aline D´Avola
  • Construction

    GDSA – Hilário Gurjão, Marcus Grigoleto, Gustavo Saraiva
  • Support and Foundation Project

    MG&A – Mauri Gotlieb
  • Air Conditioning

    CARREFRIO – José Carlos
  • Concrete Structure Project

    EDUARDO PENTEADO – Eduardo Penteado
  • Electric, hydraulic and firefighting project

    VWS – Vagner Costa
  • Iron structure project

    ALPHA – Marcelo Brisola, Flavio d´Alambert
  • Frames projects

    DINAFLEX – André Mehes Filho
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Text description provided by the architects. The architecture agency Triptyque was commissioned to design a complex in São Paulo with three shops, a restaurant, a bar and an art gallery. The shops should have access to the city while the restaurant had to be housed in the upper floors.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

The complex was designed as a binary metal structure: a "ground" level that receives the shops, and a "space" level called "the Observatory" which houses the restaurant where the group of Franco- Brazilian restaurateurs Chez Group has created its new meeting place : Chez Oscar.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

Located on a street where the buildings are next to each other, the observatory is not a stage in addition, it is a building on a building, the city on the city. It opens a new dimension of growth spanning the shopping complex and overlooking the Oscar Freire neighborhood of São Paulo.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

Massive and cubic volume, the observatory is balanced on an asymmetric structure which imparts kinetic and operates a disruption between the street level and spatial scale effect. Completely covered with stainless steel, reflections are distorted and blurred over time and tropical storms.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

In this design, the architects of the agency Triptych were strongly inspired by the concept of the space city of Yona Friedman created in 1959. It is an artificial topography composed of megacities aboveground responding to the problem of rapid population growth in large urban areas in the world. It draws a three-dimensional city that multiplies the original surface of the city with elevated planes, and thus created a new map of the territory.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

The building The Observatory Oscar Freire grasps architecture as a dynamic form, between materiality and potentiality, open to users interaction as well as environmental conditions.

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Cite: "Oscar Freire Observatory / Triptyque" 10 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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