Faria Lima

sao paulo, brazil

client: faria lima prime properties

A new office tower, theater and café pavilion known as Alameda is being built in the high end district of downtown Sao Paulo; the centerpiece of the site design is the Alameda civic plaza.

Lifted gently above the street level, four generous steps invite visitors to enter and explore the plaza while branded light pylons at all major entrances serve as place markers defining the boundary of the new development. An illuminated water feature of fountain jets and fog erupts from the organic patterend “Art Carpet” at the center of the plaza. Set in a field of mottled grey granite pavers, the dramatic pattern of deep blue and white tiles evokes the rich history of Brazil’s mosaic art tradition. For plaza events, the water feature can be diminished or turned off for additional gathering space.

An illuminated “Runnel of Light” weaves through the Art Carpet, past the theater, along the length of the Alameda, emulating in abstracted form, Brazil’s ecology. This light stream guides visitors through the plaza and serves as an interpretive element, drawing from the site’s natural past. The terminus of the Runnel of Light is Memorial Wall, honoring those who worked on the plaza.

A raised lawn plateau bordered by granite steps and illuminated seat walls provides elevated views from amongst a grove of palms. An adjacet shade pavilion acts as both a beacon to enter the plaza and a shelter for refreshments. Seating areas are provided amongst ornamental gardens located throughout the site. Wood decks shaded by trees and containing cafe style seating are accessible at the ground floor of the buildings and feature installations of sculpture. Throughout the site a 1M high illuminated red wall provides dramatic framing of the gardens and conceals undesirable views.