eight randomly distributed blocks form the new arapiraca residential towers created by triptyque architecture. the new complexes integrate into the bustling vila madalena neighborhood in são paulo, brazil where the main objective was for the 8,000 sqm scheme to establish a natural dialogue between the construction itself and the surrounding relief.


all images © fernando guerra

 

 

each of the eight randomly distributed blocks have their own independent access, their positioning also guarantee that each apartment receives the best view as well as ventilation and natural lighting. a ninth blocks holds the elevators and stairs; the metallic footbridges leading to this area and enabling all the circulation to be concentrated in one place. triptyque‘s approach in organizing the towers allow privacy equivalent to independent houses. the generous terraces and tall ceiling heights offer varying unites from studio apartments to triplex with unique layouts.

 

 

the façades of the towers is wrapped in tiles, this is a nod to the historical context of the neighborhood where the portuguese were among the first to occupy the region. the blue and white azulejos tiles is an homage to the artist athos  bulcão and they continue to cover all internal facades. smooth and reflective, this envelope brightens up and gives presence to the residential blocks.

 

 

greenery plays a central role throughout the scheme to encourage the image of the building emerging from a jungle. ‘we have designed the arapiraca building integrated to its context, but at the same time, with a striking and innovative presence,’ comments the partners at triptyque architecture


the green density creates an image of an urban forest under the building


the blue and white tiles reference the neighborhood’s history


a ninth block holds the metallic footbridges and circulation


the configuration of the apartments allow privacy equal to independent houses


the metallic footbridges are made from perforated panelling


entrance into one of the eight residential blocks


arapiraca is located in the vila madalena district in são paulo

 

 

 

project info:

 

 

project name: arapiraca
site: vila madalena, são paulo, brazil
project start: 2010
end of project: 2016
ground-floor area: 1,633 sqm
build area: 8,000 sqm
architecture: triptyque architecture
team: carol bueno, greg bousquet, gui sibaud, olivier raffaelli (partners);
luiz trindade (general manager); bianca coelho e beatriz hipólito
(projects manager); felipe alves (visual comunication);
marcella verardo, murillo fantinatti, pedro de mattos, andré mathias, vinicius capela (architects)
photographer: fernando guerra
property developer: idea!zarvos
landscape: rodrigo oliveira
structure: gama z
installation: tesis
air conditioning: willem sheepmaker & assoc
light: estudio carlos fortes
waterproofing: proassp
topographic survey: topografia.com
base: portella alarcon
elevators: atlas.
construction: lock engenharia

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