São Paolo, Brazil
“This border condition defined two main goals to be achieved by the design,” said local firm Königsberger Vannucchi Arquitetura. “To take advantage of the superb visuals, and to extend the green surface, bringing the park to the footsteps and facades of the apartments.”
Designed by Gianfranco Vannucchi and Jorge Königsberger and their team at Königsberger Vannucchi Arquitetura, together with landscape architect Burle Marx, the new MN15 Ibirapuera consists of a residential skyscraper with annexed services in Ibirapuera park, one of the biggest public parks in São Paolo.
The project was constructed on a 1,976-square-metre parcel of land surrounded by buildings in a range of heights, from high-rises to single-story homes.
The lot on which the complex is built is located on the boundary between the city and the park, and the architects turn this location to the project’s advantage, allowing the apartments to enjoy vast panoramic views over the greenery in the park.
Orientation plays an essential role in the organization of functions in the building as a whole and specifically in the apartments.
The architects ensured the best panoramic views and a privileged position for all spaces intended for day-to-day living, whether private, such as the living rooms in the apartments, or collective, such as common areas for the building’s residents.
On the ground floor are all the spaces containing shared facilities, such as an events room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a solarium, a fitness area with a squash court, a spa, and so on.
The upper levels contain 14 residential units, in sizes ranging from just under 350 sqm to a top-floor penthouse measuring almost 600 sqm.
The façades are given added motion by the design of the terraces, which are offset somewhat between one floor and the next.
The common areas on the ground floor are spread over three different low volumes at the ends of the lot, while the central part contains a plaza designed for the building by Burle Marx, the studio founded by the famous Brazilian landscape designer.
The architects adopt a number of different solutions for reducing energy consumption, employing both systems integrated into the building, such as solar panels, and architectural solutions improving the microclimate, such as a rooftop garden.
In the layout of the residential spaces, the architects ensure that the most important rooms in all the apartments have windows on two sides to maximize natural lighting and ventilation.
Project: MN15 Ibirapuera
Architect: Königsberger Vannucchi Arquitetura
Design Team: Gianfranco Vannucchi, Jorge Königsberger, Alexis Aldrovandi, Francesc De Fuentes, Liliana Sá, Carla Estrella, Luciano Lima, Adriana Ingarano, Dante Pimentel, Fernanda Sanchez, Sabrina Aron, Vera Tusco, Daniele Scarlate, Isadora Citrin, Andrea Feldon, and Flavia Pereira.
Development and Construction: Gafisa
Landscape Architects: Burle Marx
Interior Designers: Zize Zink
Structural Engineers: JKMF Engenharia (concrete), Engebrat Consultoria, Engenharia e Projetos (metal)
Photographers: Pedro Vannucchi