Gallery: Living, Water-Recycling Building Wrapped in a Network of Tubes

This artists' atelier and office building in São Paulo, Brazil features a facade covered in plants sustained by a network of tubes that provide mist at regular intervals. Designed by Triptyque and dubbed Harmonia 57, the unique office building is set amidst a creative neighborhood on the west side of São Paulo. Two volumes make up the building, which is clad in a porous concrete skin with pockets for plants. A complex water recycling network collects rainwater and grey water for use in irrigation and toilets, while a green roof helps minimize storm water runoff.

Image © Leonardo Finotti

The office building and artist atelier was completed in 2008 and it recently won the 2010 ‘Built Environment’ award from the Zumtobel Group. The project is composed of two volumes joined by a metal footbridge above an internal plaza. The front volume is raised and rests on pillars, while the back volume is set on a solid foundation and includes a ‘bird-like’ feature on the roof. Large windows, operable shutters and terraces allow daylight to penetrate the interior spaces and lend the building a feeling of lightness.


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  1. Mutari Mobila November 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    cool and thanks for sharing

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