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

Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City's Slender Residential Tower
Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City's Slender Residential Tower, Frontal View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque
Frontal View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque

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 + 7

Side View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque
Side View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque

Tryptique's minimal tower design utilizes the traditional South American white exterior to deflect heat while incorporating vast windows throughout. AIR Madalena's lofts come in an array of sizes and layouts: two large lofts form the podium of the tower, topped by four generously proportioned units with outstanding views of the sprawling city. Lush gardens peppered throughout the tower delineate the calm of AIR Madalena from the rushed streets of São Paulo and Vila Madalena.

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

Connection with the city, neighbourhood, and climate is crucial to AIR Madalena's design, hence its narrow width despite the wide available footprint. The interior spaces are characterized by soaring windows, natural light, and integrated interior-exterior spaces to maximize interaction with the local climate. Each unit incorporates a second storey to alleviate any lack of space induced by the slender plan of the building, adding a sense of tranquility to the chaotic city without feeling confined. A double-height living room completes each loft, featuring a retractable wall on the second storey to further enlarge the soaring space. 

Aerrial View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque
Aerrial View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque

The building is designed with architecture aficionados in mind: "Residents of AIR Madalena are lovers of urban life, its culture, its mobility. They are also lovers of space, light, and architecture," says the brief. Tryptique have designated the tower as an exclusive and prestigious address in São Paulo, befitting of its location. The Vila Madalena district boasts a lively arts and culture scene with an active practice of street art and an affluent population. As a bonus, the tower will be located less than 500 metres from São Paulo's subway system.

Second Floor Loft. Image Courtesy of Triptyque
Second Floor Loft. Image Courtesy of Triptyque
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vila Madalena, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Partners

    Carolina Bueno, Gregory Bousquet, Guillaume Sibaud and Olivier Raffaelli
  • Project Year

    2014

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Cite: Finn MacLeod. "Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City's Slender Residential Tower" 28 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/551873/tranquility-in-the-heart-of-sao-paolo-meet-the-city-s-slender-residential-tower/> ISSN 0719-8884
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