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São Paulo Corporate Towers

with aflalo/gasperini arquitetos and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The LEED Platinum São Paulo Corporate Towers, located on a prominent site in the Vila Olímpia neighborhood, are two state-of-the-art Class A office buildings that demonstrate leadership in high-performance design in São Paulo, Brazil.

The project consists of two 30-story commercial towers, and a restaurant and conferencing center situated on a unique site containing the last piece of Mata Atlantica native forest in Sao Paulo. The design of the towers respond to the special site condition and configuration with a pairing of two sculpted towers that form a dynamic composition. The design incorporates the existing landscape and extends on it with a one story podium with a green roof and an integrated landscape/stormwater management approach.

The towers have similar floor plans, but are oriented differently from each other to appear as two very different forms from all the major approaches. Extensive daylight studies were conducted to develop the facade design and drive glazing and shading design. The project achieved the highest environmental standard of LEED Platinum by including a unique high-performance façade and external shading, optimizing daylighting, highly efficient lighting systems, a stormwater capture and reuse system, high efficiency central cooling and energy plant, and integrated a sustainable landscape design to maximize both environmental performance and occupants’ well-being and enjoyment.

Working closely with the landscape architecture team lead by Diana Balmori, integration of the native landscape with highly efficient water re-use management strategies serving the green roof, sanitary and central cooling plant, this project creates an urban oasis in the dense São Paulo.