- Team: Ana Clara Meirelles, André Caterina, Érika Sampaio, Felipe Andrade, Laura Basile, Luiz Felippe Calçado, Marina Cuiabano, Thiago Marques
- Client: FMAC Engenharia
- Structure: GMA Engenharia e Projetos – Vicente de Souza e Helmany Murtinho
- Installations: Armando Fernandes
- Fire System: Monta
- HVAC: Ambientair
- Images: Archigraph
- Marketing : Totalright - Marcello Mendes
- Authors: Celso Rayol e Fernando Costa
- Project Coordinators: Daniel Osório, Lúcia Andrezo e Francisco Meyer
- City: Rio de Janeiro
- Country: Brazil
Text description provided by the architects. Dynamism through balconies
Place of intellectuals and bohemians, Botafogo neighborhood has been going through a process of increasing value and vertical growth for the past few years, mixing new residential condos with historical buildings and modest residences from the beginning of the 20th century. This diversity makes the region perfect scenery to welcome unique architecture, beyond conventional real estate market standards, such as the case of ´Sorocaba 112´.
The conceptual approach of the building’s façades and interiors is developed through investigative architectural and construction models, based on the adjacent buildings and the neighborhood. By doing so, the final design aims to become a dialogue with the cultural richness and history of its surroundings.
The foundation is made of cast walls, glass and horizontal corten steel profiles, creating a transition from the street, through a visual continuum between the entry hall space and the public sidewalk. The material´s strong tone, chosen for the foundation, highlights the lightness of the building´s white body.
The building consists of 12 apartments, three units per floor; all of them are composed by three bedrooms and different plan layouts. The areas vary from 95m2 to 120m2, and each apartment features a 15m2 frontal balcony.
Encouraging the use of bicycles for riding in the neighborhood and in the city was also an important aspect of the project. Besides providing a customized bicycle for each apartment, a map with indications of local bike routes and cultural attractions was included in the bicycle storage place.