São Paulo, Brazil
2.8 million square feet / 258,000 square meters
São Paulo Corporate Towers, on a prominent site in the Villa Olimpia Neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a LEED Platinum-certified development. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects won an invited international competition to design this project completed in 2016.
Located on Avenue Presidente Juscelino Kubitscheck and nearby to Avenue Brigadeiro Faria Lima the project consists of two 30-story commercial towers. In addition to the two towers the project incorporates an extensive landscape, restaurants and conferencing center above a five-story below-grade parking garage and loading dock totaling 258,000 square meters (2,800,000 square feet).
The towers have special prominence as the site location allows for great visibility from Marginal Pinheiros, the river and one of the major transportation arteries of São Paulo. The design responds to this special site location and configuration with a pairing of two sculpted towers that form a dynamic composition. The towers are similar in their floor plans, but oriented differently on the site from each other so that they will appear to be two very different forms from all the major approaches. The office towers rise to 139 meters, each with approximately 67,000 square meters (728,000 square feet) of floor area.
The 3.84 hectares (9.48 acre) site also has one amenity building that will accommodate restaurants and a modular convention center with total built area 2,500 square meters (27,000 square feet). Below grade is an additional 120,000 square meters (1,300,000 square feet) of parking totaling 4,184 parking spaces. The project’s ground plane is designed as an extensively landscaped urban park that preserves 171 existing fully mature species trees of the Mata Atlantic forest. A series of terraced walls and a fully planted roof incorporates the amenity building into this landscape with punctuated gardens and sitting areas.
Multiple strategies addressed the buildings’ goal to obtain LEED Platinum rating from US Green Building Council for Core and Shell, including the development of high performance facades, sun shading and day lighting strategies, water management, and the creation of comfortable outdoor environments.