Faria Lima B32

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Architectural Design / Commercial
  • Company/Firm
    PEI Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Chien Chung Pei
  • Design Team
    Andreas Symietz
  • Architect
    Architect of Record - Contier Arquitetura; Collaco e Monteiro
  • Interior Designer
    Lighting Designer - Studio IX
  • Const. Company
  • Photographer Credit
    Jonne Roriz, Temon Engenharia,
  • Location
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Client
    Faria Lima Prime Properties Development
  • Project Date
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The design of Faria Lima B32 is a unique, simple geometric shaped tower that stands out amongst the typical local rectangular block shaped buildings that turn a flat façade towards the street. As the B32 tower rises, the floor plan continuously changes from a six-sided base to a rectangular plan at the top of parapet while keeping an almost uniform floor plate of 2000m2. The north and south facades rise perpendicular from the ground while the facades of the diagonal ends at the east and west are tilting in and tilting out to mediate between the two geometries. The angular facades create two small entry plazas along the avenue and the overall building shape addresses the unusually large plaza to the south and the drop-off to the north. The dynamic shape of the inclined facades give the tower more presence along Faria Lima and stresses the unique quality further. To emphasize the pristine geometry of the tower as a large monolithic glass crystal, the crisp edges of the building are lined with metal bands. The Faria Lima B32 tower is an eye catching tower with plazas created to attract passerby and welcome occupants and visitors to the building.

PEI Architects is an international architecture practice based in New York. Established in 1992 as Pei Partnership Architects, the firm was renamed in 2019 to better express the depth of its resources and reaffirm its commitment to enduring architecture of the highest quality. Founders Chien Chung and Li Chung Pei, sons of world renowned architect I. M. Pei, each bring over 40 years of professional experience in the design of complex building projects. PEI Architects’ hands-on approach is interdisciplinary. Building on their deep expertise in design, planning, technology, and interiors.