Vitra is a luminous glass-clad, high-rise residential project in the Itaim Bibi district of São Paulo, near a number of the city’s main thoroughfares and to the popular Ibirapuera and Do Povo parks. It is the Studio’s first built project in South America.
The bold, sculptural design features a multi-faceted glass façade embedded with balconies that form a geometric pattern across the façade. The building is engaged in a play of transparency and opaqueness: with the progression of the sun, the glass shifts between a perfect mirror of the sky and dynamic São Paulo city life, and a transparent geometric composition.
Vitra features fourteen floor-through residences and a penthouse, each featuring a unique floor plan ranging in size from 6,080 to 12,325 square feet. Amenities include: a garden at the base; 360 degree city views in all units; and wellness facilities (spa, fitness center, and pool).
One of the guiding principles for the project has been the adoption of sustainable practices. The sustainable solutions employed in Vitra include a system for rainwater collection and reuse, solar panels for heating water, the use of sustainable materials, energy-efficient, low emissivity glass, intelligent building management systems and the efficient management of waste generated during construction. The project was completed in 2015
2016 – Building of the Year, third place, World Architects/VectorWorks
2015 – One of the Best Residential Buildings of the Year, Worth Magazine
2015 – Featured project, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitation (CTBUH)