Frequently called the capital of steel and concrete, the city of São Paulo is soon to become home to a building totally made of Brazilian wood, 100% certified both of its origin and trajectory. The initiative came from AMATA, a Brazilian forest management company. The project is signed by the Triptyque Architecture company and is to be built in a land lot of 1.025 m² in the Vila Madalena neighborhood.
The total area will be 4.700 m². Based on a Mixed-use concept and 13 stories high, the project allows for many different functional uses to its areas such as coworking, coliving and restaurant. These are both common and private spaces interacting with the city where one can live in tune with a new environmental consciousness. This is one of the solutions to help solve the long lasting problem with the construction industry: Today it stands as responsible for almost half of the world’s carbon emissions.
The structure of the AMATA Building will be made of CLT, a high-tech product made of multiple layers of massive wood laid down in two different directions. Once put together they become panels that can be used as structure for high rising buildings, with the full use of the wood’s structural properties. Every 40 hours the forests of AMATA grow by an amount equivalent to a ten-storey high CLT building.
The building is the naturalization of architecture put to practice, offering a total sensorial experience, the metaphor to an urban habitable forest, the visible and the invisible wood, the use of vegetation as well as the landscape. With its stepped silhouette it will blend in perfectly with Vila Madalena’s uneven topography, creating an architecturally interesting point for visitation. The wooden building represents the seed to a new inexhaustible construction paradigm. Source and images, Courtesy of Triptyque Architecture.
Article by Marco Rinaldi