São Paulo, Brazil


Studio Libeskind’s first project in South America. 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, offering access to the popular Ibirapuera and Do Povo parks.

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).

Since its inception, one of the guiding principles of 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)