Tropical Tower

Tropical Tower

Morumbi, Brazil
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Student Housing

Tropical Tower

Triptyque as Architects

Triptyque Architecture takes part in a 150.000m2 master plan in the city of São Paulo organized around a university campus receiving 15.000 students. The whole project consists of four towers with a mixed program: 400 apartments, an hotel, offices and shops. Two others French agencies have been invited to work on this project: PCA and Edouard François.

The Tropical Tower designed by Triptyque Architecture is an element of twins towers with mixed program (lofts and hotels) connected to the 23rd floors by a gateway, its 45 floors will receive 200 apartments.

The Tropical Tower is defined by its nonlinearity, opposing to the ambient rationality, it is a twist of the architectural body. This body is inhabited by a vegetation extending over the 150m height. Each floor provides access to the plants, where the terraces, kind of excrescences, will support trees or even greenhouses, some of them will be used for vegetables growing. The architecture of the Tropical Tower is expressive, the black concrete slabs constitute horizontals framing the full height glass who provides transparency and view for the inhabitants.

Finally, the tower is equipped with movable brise-soleil arranged on the most exposed facade, this mobility creates a vibration, a deconstruction of the order in an organic architecture.

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