• Sun Fire Assurance Office - C.R. Cockerell
  • Western Union Building - G.B. Post
  • Guaranty Building - Louis Sullivan
  • Pirelli Building - Gio Ponti e Pier Luigi Nervi
  • Larkin Building - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Lever House - Gordon Bunshaft
  • Royal Hotel and Athenaeum - John Foulston
  • Waldorf/Astoria Hotel - Hardenbergh/Schultze & Weaver
  • Hotel Astoe - Clinton & Russel
  • Angel and Royal Hotel
  • SAS Royal Hotel - Arne Jacobsen
  • Vertical Architecture
  • Vertical Architecture
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  • WORKSPACE
  • WORKSPACE
  • WORKSPACE
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WORKSPACE

Office Buildings

From the Uffizi Gallery in Florence (1560-74) passing through the first rental buildings (1850) in Lombard Street (London), the office building started to present its office typology at the Guaranty Building, in Buffalo, projected by Louis Sullivan (1894). Frank Loyd Wright, also in Buffalo, presented the Open Plan, locating the vertical circulations and the services at the extremities of the building (1904). In 1950, Skidmore, Owings & Merril consolidated the proposition of Curtain Wall with Lever House in New York. In the beginning of the XXI century, re-think the work place, aggregating the functional facilities to the esthetical and space qualities has become the main line of the project.

Hotels

The commercial lodging is explored since medieval times. In the XVI century, the hotel format was established with the examples of Ritter in Heildberg, Deutsches Haus in Dinkelsbühl and the Riese in Miltenberg (Germany). The Tremont built in Boston (1825-26) and the Astor House built in New York (1832-36) have put the United States as the leader in this kind of great hotels. Later, a new specialty was presented: the Holyday Hotels. This category multiplied itself in innumerous specialties, from flats to motels. The proposition shown now reviews the hotel mono-functionality. It points out to a trans-programming in which the room becomes an office ad the services are destined not only to the hotel but to a urban community around the facility.

Vertical architecture

The vertical developed building has its own rules. This architectonic artifact was born in the beginning of XX century and consolidated a new kind of world success. The Chicago School presented the tripod proposition of basing, body and crowning. The New York buildings adopted an Art-deco style. In 1940, Mies Van der Rohe sums up the modern vocabulary and creates the "glass box". Nowadays, this historical precedents work as parameters, but no limiting, to the development of the most intriguing architectural element of the big cities in the XXI century. To re-think architecture from a space virtualization point-of-view represents the challenge taken in this job; represents the third way in the conflict between the modern "less is more" and the first post-modern stage "less is bore".

Event architecture

The linear and Cartesian view of the modern architecture was based on the cause and effect relation of the "form follows the function" maxima. In a way to produce a new architectonic reality we need to be synchronized with the post-modern sciences and offer spaces which programmatic dimensions extrapolate their use and promote a collision of their potentialities allowing the generation of non-predicted events that guarantee the richness of economic, cultural, political and social life at the architectonic space.

The site and the urban insersion

The civic and administrative axe of the city is structured at Candido de Abreu Avenue. Originated on the pre-modern concepts of the Agache plan, it was settled after the first interference of the modern "carioca" school and the building of the modern school of Curitiba. This status quo was shaken by the historicist manifestations of the 90's decade. We guide our intervention on this axe with the awareness of the evolutional and historical character of this singular and compact urban environment.

WORKSPACE

A multifunctional structure of spaces and services to develop businesses and the quotidian of businessmen. Differentiated spaces, such as the office-duplex, a 15 meter-high lobby, a new reference in the city. Development of business transactions facilitated by the support structure i.e. the business center, virtual office, food area with bar, restaurant and coffee house in addition to the hotel ones plus the office mutually helping each other. Businessmen's day-by-day: health club, food area, photocopy, paper store, book shop and other services, such as virtual home, furniture and equipment rental.