Introduction

The architect Isay Weinfeld, was born in São Paulo in 1952. He graduated from the Mackenzie where he subsequently taught Theory of Architecture. Taught also kinetics expression in the School of Communication at FAAP – Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation.
Worked with cinema, set design, furniture design and is always looking for new challenges, where each job is unique, tailor-made for each client and does not like to repeat.

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With a long list of awards, including the grand prize Mipim Architectural Review Future Project Award 2009, Weinfeld has become a benchmark in the industry. Launched in 2009 Isay Weinfeld the book by Bei Editora, written by American journalist and architect Raul Barreneche. Among its customers are shopping concept, renowned restaurants and hotels and residences. In your own luxury setting is creative freedom.

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Biography

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld says he would hate to live in any of the homes he has designed over the past 35 years. “People are shocked by that,” he says. “But I design for other people. Like haute couture, a house should exactly fit its user.”

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And the user must fit Weinfeld. Arguably Brazil’s best-known architect after Oscar Niemeyer, Weinfeld has the luxury of turning away as many projects as he undertakes. He signs on only after listening to prospective clients describe how they wish to live. “What do you do when you wake up in the morning? ” he’ll ask. “How do you spend your day?” He then sits quietly, head in hand, waiting for insights. These prefatory encounters can resemble therapy, or courtship.  “It’s like a marriage,” he says. “We have to be a match. We may have to work together for years, and we must think in the same direction.”

Light is another important factor for the composition of elements of minimalist designs with great concern with the facades and transparency. Another element that we can mention as remarkable in the composition of Weinfeld works is the presence of vegetation and gardens, with large voids, windows, framing the landscape. For him architecture with right angles box is exciting, which opens out to out to reveal a large garden.
Observe the traces of passion Weinfeld the stage and film in your projects, this is evident in the organization of circulation, for example, the corridor has no function just connecting the rooms, but a sound experience in itself. His ingenious architecture with large volumes mix abstract and tactile, combining, for example, detailed surfaces in woods like ipe, mahogany and sucupira, the Portuguese stone or stones to rich textures, such as sandstone. This composition of materials behind the works, heat, color and texture.

 

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Background & Realizations: the projects:

 

Cubo House / Isay Weinfeld

Casa Cubo, the initiative of a couple of art collectors, was conceived to house a lodging and support center to artists and the development of the arts, but with all necessary facilities to serve as a home. The program was solved within a cubic block, split vertically into three levels and a mezzanine, whose façades are treated graphically as a combination of lines defined by the cladding cement plaques, by the glass strip on the mezzanine, and the striped wood composition that changes as the bedroom windows are opened and closed.

The service nucleus is located at the front of the ground level, comprising a kitchen, a restroom, a dining room and an entrance hall giving way to the wide room with double ceiling height and polished concrete floor, intended to host events, exhibitions or even work as a lounge that opens onto the backyard.

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The mezzanine of the lounge, standing on the slab topping the service nucleus on the ground floor, houses the library, which is marked by three strong elements: a shelving unit extending the whole back wall, a strip of fixed glass next to the floor and a spiral staircase covered in wood that leads to the private quarters upstairs.

Private quarters consist of 3 bedrooms and a living room thoroughly lit through a floor-to-ceiling opening. The garage and service areas are located in the basement.

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A spiral stairs made from Brazilian ironwood links two floors inside this São Paulo house, which was designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld as a private gallery and guest house for two art collectors.

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Isay Weinfeld was commissioned by the couple to create a house they could use to present exhibitions, host parties and house guests during events such as the São Paulo Art Biennial.

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Located on the same street as both the client’s own home and the Isay Weinfeld-designed Yucatan House, Casa Cubo is a three-storey building in São Paulo’s Jardins district.

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A double-height living room on the ground floor is the largest space in the house. With white walls and a poured concrete floor, it offers a blank canvas for displaying pantings, sculptures and a selection of designer furniture pieces.

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Two staircases are visible inside the room. On one wall a folded steel staircase leads up to a first-floor mezzanine accommodating a library, while on the opposite side a wooden staircase ascends from the first floor to three bedrooms at the top of the house.

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Both staircases are suspended from above and appear to be floating just above the floor.

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Furniture chosen for the living room includes pieces by Alvar Aalto, Pierre Jeanneret, Gio Ponti and Lina Bo Bardi. Glass doors run along one edge and open the space out to a terrace, garden and lily pond.

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The exterior of the house is primarily clad with cement panels, apart from a section near the top that is covered with wood.

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OKA / Isay Weinfeld

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From an aligned and structure common to all structural levels, each floor is irregularly arranged one above the other, resulting in various plant configurations and layouts. Different options for different families. Located on the edge of Vila Madalena, an alternative and bohemian neighborhood that is facing a transformation, the Sunflower Street building has a lot to some privileged characteristics, the project struggled to solve the displacement of 19 meters between the two streets allowing stunning views, green and free, to the west side of the city of São Paulo.

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There are eight residential units, they decided to adopt the ground level for construction – for the entry of residents and visitors – at the highest point of the lot, in more calm and pleasant of Rua Senador Vergueiro Cesar Lacerda. Above this level, there is 5- floor apartment each about 420 square meters, followed by a triplex penthouse 800 square meters.

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From top to bottom at ground level, there are two duplexes of approximately 520 square meters each facing the lower street – given the steep terrain, these units also provide views of the treetops.

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Still below, there are two levels with the finesse of a gym, a sports court, sauna, swimming pool and changing rooms and on the lower floor, at the level of Sunflower Street – where traffic and circulation is more intense – there is a space 150 square meters of shops (to rent), with private parking.

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The famous prize of the most important English publication of architecture, the Architectural Review magazine in 2011 went to the OKA building project Isay Weinfeld architect and built by Idea Zarvos. The building won the best residential prize, and also the Brazilian project exceeded 143 competitors from around the world and was chosen as the overall winner among all categories. It is the second time that Weinfeld wins the prize for the developer Idea! Zarvos.

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The most iconic projects

Piracicaba House / Isay Weinfeld

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This is a retreat house built in the city of Piracicaba 250 km away from São Paulo.This is intended to serve as a meeting point for a family whose members are scattered across several cities in the state. The plot of 2 thousand square meters resulted from two union
the corner block of land in a gated community.

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Not only the position of the house takes into account the sloping contour of the land, but also its orientation (north) and to provide rooms and other social areas with the best light possible sun.

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The ground floor, defined as an L and accessible from the street via a ramp S-shaped, houses the service areas and living room and dining room – the latter, fully coated glass on one side overlooks the part back of the terrain and merges with the pool deck through large doors, on the other hand, is isolated and protected from the sun for a long street sunshade made of large concrete ceilings, vertical placed irregularly throughout the facade.

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The upper floor, a volume that extends perpendicular to the contour of the land and that, at one end, is cantilevered to the street, and the other is positioned on higher ground quota, houses the bedrooms – the last opening on a large deck wood, built on the slab of the roof over the living room and dining room.

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360° Building | Isay Weinfeld

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The building is in Camboriú Street in Alto da Lapa, and can easily be recognized in the landscape. First because it is on top of a hill. Second, because it was thought so that the apartments provide a 360 degree view of the entire region (hence the building’s name). For this, the structure resembles a Rubik’s cube, as floors could rotate on a central axis, and fit in different ways. In each apartment, the arrangement of windows and balconies is different, giving a lively and dynamic appearance

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The Building 360, built on the ridge that divides the Alto de Pinheiros neighborhood and Alto da Lapa – a geographical situation that allows privileged views around town – includes 62 “hanging houses with backyard”: fact backyard, no terrace, designed as true living spaces, spacious, light and airy.

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The 360º Building , built on the ridge that divides the Alto de Pinheiros neighborhood and Alto da Lapa – a geographical situation that allows privileged views around town – includes 62 “hanging houses with backyard”: fact backyard, no terrace, designed as true living spaces, spacious, light and airy.

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There are six different sizes: 127, 154, 170, 200, 250 and two penthouses of 446 square meters each.Each has two to four parking spaces. All this range of choices of plants is interesting not only to give the appearance of magic cube, but also to ensure an interesting mix in the profile of residents.

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The apartments smaller area, does not have room for the maid. Instead, there is in the common area to all residents with a laundry room, has a washer and dryer as well as the boards of passer iron. Next to the laundry was create a “working station” with three computers. That is, while the condonimos await machine wash your clothes, you can check emails or make a working meeting. Nearby, a charming ballroom with a panoramic view. The kitchen is separated from the room only by a bench and without walls. The pool is shaped like a streak and is next to the sauna. There is also a fitness room, children’s playground to round off the leisure offerings and common area.

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Another interesting thing in the landscape of 360 ° is the mirror of water that runs throughout the building. From some points, the water flows into the horizon seems as if it were an infinite background.

 

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AWARDS | ARCHITECTURE

  • 1991 – The residence Goldfarb.
  • 1992 – Design competition for the Regional Council of Engineering and Architecture. the 1994 – the store design Giovanna Baby – Morumbi Shopping.
  • 1999 – By advertising agency design F / Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi.
  • 2000 – The Forum store.
    England by residence.
  • “Rino Levi Award” for England residence.
  • 2002 – Honorable Mention for the disco design “Disco”. Honorable Mention by Forneria San Paolo restaurant design.
  • 2004 – Prize “ex aequo” the store Chocolate Club. Prize “ex aequo” by Square Amauri.
  • Prize “ex aequo” the house of Casa Brown.
  • In 2004, he received the award for best contemporary design, the buffet Dewey at the fair Decorex, London, England.

AWARDS | CINEMA

  • 1974 OH! LONELY COW …
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: Best Original Score
  • The 1975 OTHER FACE OF HAPPINESS
    Brazilian Film Festival Super 8 / Curitiba – Paraná
    Special Award
  • The 1975 Sleeping Beauty
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: Best Plot Film
  • The 1975 Sleeping Beauty
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: Best Original Score
  • The 1975 Sleeping Beauty
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: Best Sound Technique
  • The 1975 Sleeping Beauty
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: INC
  • The 1979 AT THE END FINISH ALL SLEEPING … Super National Super Film Festival 8 / São Paulo
    Award: Best Humor Film
  • 1982 FINISH AT THE END ALL SLEEPING … Film Contest Super 8 / “São Paulo: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.
    Special Award
  • The 1983 AT THE END FINISH ALL SLEEPING … International Fantastic Film Festival and Terror
    Sitges / Spain
    Award: Best Picture
  • The 1984 GONE WITH THE WIND …
    Brazilian Film Festival of Gramado Award: Best Picture
  • The 1985 GONE WITH THE WIND …
    Ibero-American Cinema Festival of Huelva / Spain
    Award: Best Picture
  • The 1985 FIRE AND PASSION
    Award: APCA – Director Revelation

 

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