Photos courtesy of Pedro Kok, Leonardo Finotti
São Paulo, Brazil
Combines small traditional buildings and new residential towers. Inserted between two lofty towers, a long and narrow plot, the building is 4 meters wide and 25 meters high.
The studios occupying the building enjoy a smooth flow between the plates through a central tower. Alternating terraces on the 2nd floor and roof offer living areas and promote exchange and community life.
“Leitão 653” was conceived as a place of inspiration in permanent connection with the city. This connection is provided by a set of transparency affirmed the facade. The building draws a cathedral light, completely revisited, like a latticework.
The wall, multifaceted indeed plays to absorb light during the day. As for the night, light radiates as a goldsmith working in a casket. In this urban theater play scenes carved by a fine lace glass, cut and articulated as a Chinese shadow puppet show.
This gigantic panel allows smooth communication between the city and the interior of the building while providing a real solution to the constraints vis-à-vis. These scenes of transparency visible from the street (a subtle eroticism) reveal another use of the building.
The uniqueness of this project lies in its layout that encourages emulation, the expansion as a business incubator, an urban incubator.
Photos courtesy of Mariela Apollonio
The design for the Children’s Hospital “Pietro Barilla” in Parma, completed in January 2013, was inspired by the criteria of humanisation and environmental psychology, reflecting the wishes of medical staff to create a place “designed around the children”, which was to be as homely as possible for the young patients.
As a consequence, the design synthesises health and functional needs with perceptual and psychological topics.
The double-skin façade becomes the architectural device that allows the interaction between the children and the environment.
The design aims to create a visual relationship between the building and its surroundings and to enhance the patients’ perception of natural phenomena – the sun moving as the hours of the day pass by, the colours of the leaves changing with the seasons..
The external layer of the façade, made of coloured vertical fins as well as transparent single glazing, reflects the surrounding context on the new hospital, whilst creating a buffer zone that allows for natural ventilation, improving indoor climate and reducing use of energy. The colours chosen for the external layer recall the chromatic palette of the natural and urban context surrounding the hospital. According to the movement of the observer, the colours cross-fade dynamically, providing an ever-changing appearance to the façade.