Oscar Ibirapuera Building / Perkins & Will
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Text description of the architects. In 1954, the city of São Paulo received one of its most famous postcards: Ibirapuera Park. An icon of modern architecture, the Stadtpark designed by Oscar Niemeyer has established itself as one of the city’s most popular destinations and as the epicenter of the development of the surrounding neighborhood. After 68 years of building this landmark, global studio Perkins&Will updates the architectural parameters of the region with Oscar Ibirapuera, one of the most impressive residential projects in São Paulo’s high-end market, with a permanent view of the city’s most lush green zone.
The project, built by Trisul Real Estate Company, offers apartments of 186 m2, 227 m2 or 233 m2, with 3 or 4 bedrooms and up to 4 suites. “The floor plan was designed to allow the living room to have a 9-meter pillar-free facade that offers expansive panoramic views of Ibirapuera Park – something unique in the city,” says Douglas Tolaine, design director at Perkins&Will.
The common areas feature a double-height gourmet party room, outdoor and indoor pools with a 20-meter lane, a solarium, dry and wet saunas, a spa, a gym, a pilates room, a playground, a games room, and a games room and a bike rack. The interior design of the common area is by Fernanda Marques who is responsible for enhancing the comfort and fluidity of the spaces. Benedito Abbud’s landscaping is characterized by the vertical gardens installed on the facades of the balconies, as well as the harmony between tropical species such as dwarf palm trees and native ones such as the Adam’s rib on the ground floor.
Contemporary Modern. Oscar Ibirapuera’s aesthetic is guided by reinterpretations of elements considered hallmarks of Brazilian modernism, such as pillar-only roofs, organic forms, and brise-soleil on the facades. The tent that winds through the public areas is a direct reference to the splendor of the Niemeyer-designed tent at Ibirapuera Park, located 15 minutes from the building. Oscar Ibirapuera also offers a spacious walkway, completely open on the sides, solidifying a great integration with the environment.
The organic shapes are equally striking in the design of the marquee, the skylights and the outdoor pool. The rounded edges, sky blue color of the coatings and close proximity of the marquee all combine to evoke the exterior of one of Niemeyer’s masterpieces, Casa Canoa, protected by the National Heritage Preservation Agency (Iphan).
The movable brises soleils on the facades, made of bevelled wooden panels, offer a contemporary reinterpretation of this feature, widespread in modernism, to protect the interior spaces from the sun and bring liveliness to the building. The panels are found on the ground floor to finish off the walls, contrasting with a wide white metal grid designed with a geometric pattern and accentuating the rhythm of the passageways.
The precision in creating spaces allows the project to evoke sensations while stimulating perseverance. In this way, Oscar Ibirapuera reconciles the innovation and urbanity that high-end projects require, while inviting an immersive experience in the green zone of the largest and most beautiful city, offering its residents the necessary serenity to carry out their daily tasks in to reconcile. With architectural traditions as a starting point, Oscar Ibirapuera translates contemporaneity in order to develop in a durable and long-lasting way, following the same path as the park that surrounds it.