V_Itaim is a small building with 10 apartments in São Paulo designed by studio mk27. Its simplicity and the search for generous spaces in a careful composition of material oriented the architectural project. The façade of the building is done in exposed reinforced concrete and wooden panels, conceived to shade the inner environments and which the residents can move according to their desires. In this way, the users can optimize their comfort depending on their use and the incidence of the sun. The wood in the elements have perforated squared patterns and do not block the wind, just as the Arabian muxarabis, brought over for Brazilian colonial architecture and then was later used as well by the modernists. This solution results in very pleasant temperatures. The exposed concrete refers to the brutalist-type buildings of São Paulo. The material done in the shape of wood has its own life, “a living organism” as Architect Lina Bo Bardi, the master of Brazilian modernism said. The texture of the slats – when lit by the sun – produces a surprising and poetic effect for the larger gables.
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