Behind the Jacarandá creepers and the ten meters high palm tree trunks, a block of white marble appears in the middle of a mineral garden. Triptyque wanted to emphasize the stiffest materials, such as marble and concrete, to challenge them against gravity. Groenlândia links together stone and glass, rigidity and transparency, durability and lightness.
This project is a return to the essential and natural beauty of the materials. The same marble from the region of Espirito Santo in the north of Rio de Janeiro was used for the exterior walls and the garden landscape. For the first it was polished and worked revealing its delicate rib, for the other it remained in its original state of sublime simplicity.
The deck, a large slab of concrete, floats from over 9m above a block of white marble suspended by two remarkable concrete pillars in the center of the block. Large transparent windows support the deck, creating an invisible link with the marble. The block of stone is pierced by open windows in marble, which creates a paradox between the function and the material. The corners of the stone block are based on aquatic beds sprinkled by Papyrus.
Inside, floating stairs lead visitors to the terrace for a wonderful view.
Despite the closed aspect of this upscale neighborhood of São Paulo, the building, without fences, is in direct contact with the street. Once again the Triptyque architects put in contact the private space (the architecture) and the public space (the city).
General Manager: Luiz Trindade | Project Manager: Pedro de Mattos Ferraz, Paulo Adolfo Martins | Credits: Pedro Kok