360º Building by
Isay Weinfeld

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Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld designed this apartment block in São Paulo as 62 "houses with yards", which are stacked on top of one another like the blocks of a Jenga game (+ slideshow).

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

The 360º Building, which was presented at the World Architecture Festival earlier this month, is a 20-storey tower block located at the peak of a ridge between the neighbourhoods of Alto de Pinheiros and Alto da Lapa in the west of the city.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

Isay Weinfeld wanted to avoid the typical São Paulo typology of compact apartments with little or no outside space. "We 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," said the studio.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

Rather than adding small balconies, the architect gave each home its own terrace. These spaces are all tucked between apartments, offering shelter from the elements and a degree of privacy.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

Apartment sizes vary from 130 to 250 square-metres in area, and there are between two and four homes on each floor.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

These specifications provide a total of six different floor types, which alternate to create a volume reminiscent of Jenga - a children's game where wooden blocks are removed from a tower and placed back on top.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

The base of the building is set into the hillside. Residents enter via a suspended walkway at first-floor level, bridging a swimming pool that runs around the perimeter.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

Communal lounge areas and laundry facilities are located on the ground floor, while three floors of parking are housed in the basement.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

The project was shortlisted in the housing award category at the World Architecture Festival, but lost out to an apartment block inside a former YMCA building in Los Angeles. One year earlier, Weinfeld's Fazenda Boa Vista Golf Clubhouse topped the sports category.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Here's more information from Isay Weinfeld:


360º Building

360º Building will be erected in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, where currently over 10 million people live spread over 1,525 km2. In this setting, unfortunately the "norm" is to live not at one's best, but crammed and confined, and to commute long distances everyday between home, work and other commitments, by car, bus, or subway. The time left for leisure is scarce, and few are the options to enjoy activities in the open air.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

Mindful of the urban reality in São Paulo, of the market and of the client brief, we 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 in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

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 m2 - combined in sets of 2, 3 or 4 units per floor, in 6 different arrangements.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

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.

360º Building in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld

The building projects to all sides showing no distinction between main and secondary façades.

  • Marco Ingrassia

    A paradise for pigeons.

  • Guest

    Umm…. plans please.

  • Confused

    Interesting that not one of the renderings actually shows one of the “yards” that forms a core part of the building concept.

    Maybe it’s because they are nothing like yards at all, and more like dark, dank caves?

    • Tag

      Renders? It’s real.

  • stefan

    Architecture for architects, the kind of project that looks good in a diagram. Also, one of the ugliest facades and maybe the reason that there are no interior photos.

  • pedro

    The most interesting thing about this project is the relationship with the surroundings. Congratulations! I’d say the population of the district is very happy.

  • Tawani

    Cool building but where’s the parking? Underground?

  • Guest

    Read the article. Three levels of parking below grade.

  • Renato Salles

    For those who asked about the interiors, the building has just been completed and the first owners are moving in. My office just completed the work of one of the apartments, but we haven’t had time to photograph it yet, but I took pictures of my own, if anybody is interested. And I you assure that the yards are light, airy and very spacious.

    • Jeremy

      I’d definetly like to seen those pictures :)
      jh.architect.uk@gmail.com or find me on LinkedIn.

    • Seek Emer

      I am interested in seeing more pictures. I am working on a painting inspired by this building. Great work!

  • momo

    Looks like a vertical slum.

  • DLC1

    Guess building controls aren’t as pedantic in Brazil.

  • Renato Salles

    Michel, I just posted my pictures in the FB fan page. They are not that great, but you can see how the apartments are inside.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.533186583417646.1073741832.483675945035377&type=1

  • Antonio

    Where are the plans? Where are the sections? Nice pictures as always Dezeen, but where is the real information?

  • Guest

    Proportions?!