AR's Future Project overall winner
Winning the Architectural Record's Future Project Award for overall winner and winner of the residential category is 360º Building. To be erected in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, where currently over 10 million people live spread over 1,525 sq km the building creates an alternative to the typically overcrowded and compact stacked apartments.
Mindful of the urban reality in São Paulo, of the market and of the client brief, Isay Weinfeld with Domingos Pascali as associate architect have strived to introduce 360º Building as an alternative to the vertical multi-family housing "model", which, in its commonest form, merely stacks up apartment units - ordinary, compact and closed onto themselves.
360º Building, rising on top of the ridge separating the districts of Alto de Pinheiros and Alto da Lapa - a geographic location that will offer privileged sights of the surrounding area and the city, will feature 62 elevated homes with yards: real yards, not balconies, designed as genuine living spaces, wide, airy and bright. It will present 7 types of apartments - either 130, 170 or 250 sq m - combined in sets of 2, 3 or 4 units per floor, in 6 different arrangements.
Leaving the street and past the reception, a suspended walkway will lead to the building’s lobby, surrounded on all sides by a reflective pool. Down one floor, on the ground level, entertaining areas and other facilities - gym, lounge, party room and laundry - will be located, as also the janitor's living quarters. Further down, there will be 3 parking levels, and, on the lowermost level, employees quarters, storage and engine rooms, in addition to a sauna and an outdoor swimming pool. The land, a steep downwards slope, allowed the lower levels to be semi-subterranean, always keeping 2 sides open to the light and to ventilation. The building projects to all sides showing no distinction between main and secondary façades.
Judges said what impressed them most about this project was: "the way in which the architecture of a pinwheel plan arrangement had been combined with a construction proposition to produce an exemplary series of apartment layouts with generous open space in the form of ‘yards’ to each apartment on every floor. The judges felt that the approach taken has useful lessons generally for any architect attempting to design decent homes in tall buildings."