Itacolomi 445 / gruposp

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São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: Grupo SP: gruposp
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Nelson Kon
  • Structure: Paulo Sayeg
  • Building Services: PHE
  • Frames: ArqMate
  • Landscape: Camila Vicari
  • Interiors: Ana Costa
  • Artistic Panel: Kimi Nii
  • Incorporation: Idea Zarvos
  • Site Area: 328,50 m²
  • Project Architects: Álvaro Puntoni, João Sodré, Jonathan Davies, André Nunes
  • Collaborators: Fabricius Mastroantonio, Julia Caio, Alexandre Mendes
  • City: São Paulo
  • Country: Brazil
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Text description provided by the architects. BUILDING IN HIGIENOPOLIS

The Higienópolis district is characterized by a set of consolidated buildings almost predominantly built in the 50s and 60s. An expressive architecture, well built, and large apartments, with a significant green roof.

The Itacolomi 455 project seeks to strengthen the role of the neighborhood, not to deny it, but opening up to this built landscape while at the same time allowing the district to flood its interior spaces.

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An open space with double height on the ground floor, expresses concern in building a relationship between the building and its surroundings, like a square that extends the space of the sidewalk. It allows a view of the street from the interior space and, inversely, a view of the full extent of the site from the street, placing the user in the lot which is a fragment of the surface of the city. 

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A longitudinal volume clad in wood, hanging over this space, houses the caretaker and the fitness room.

The vertical core volume organizes the floor forming a reception space linked to the street. This volume has a hydraulic tile mural designed by ceramist Kimi Nii, underlining the the relationship of this space with the city.

The rear space, more reserved, houses a common open balcony and the pool, 25 meters long, plus a garden.

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The apartments are open spaces, like double height voids where multiple arrangements can be set up, according to family size and lifestyle.

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The vertical circulation block is a central volume that organizes the space defining a coexistence sector on the street and another more intimate towards the inner side of the lot.

Generous balconies either in the front or rear facade further strengthen the relationship between the apartment and the surrounding landscape, the tops of the trees, the longer views.

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As important as its base is the top of the building, often overlooked in typical buildings in our city. The main structure of reinforced concrete is finished off with a complementary structure that conforms a special housing unit, further set back from the main body.

© Nelson Kon

The volume is also more transparent, free from the height of adjacent buildings, enjoying the surrounding landscape. It is protected by a wooden cladding which ultimately highlights it from the project. On the roof, a reflecting pool is an observatory of the city, the landscape and the sky.

This building, generic in design and systemic for its flexibility, is specific for its insertion and metaphorical by generating a dialogue with the surrounding history.

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Project location

Address:Rua Itacolomi - Higienópolis, São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil

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Cite: "Itacolomi 445 / gruposp" [Itacolomi 445 / gruposp] 03 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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