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
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.
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.
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.
LocationVila Madalena, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
PartnersCarolina Bueno, Gregory Bousquet, Guillaume Sibaud and Olivier Raffaelli