Art 132 Gallery
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ART 132 GALLERY

Piratininga Arquitetos Associados

CATEGORY
Gallery, Renovation

LOCATION
São Paulo, Brazil

PHOTOGRAPHS
Nelson Kon

AREA
2960 Ft²

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Ingrid S.ori, Julia Bruckman, Luisa Pardo, Naiara Hirota

YEAR
2021

LEAD ARCHITECTS
Renata Semin, Marcos Aldrighi E João Paulo Beugger

LIGHTING DESIGN
Franco + Berriel

AUTOMATION
Bettoni

INSTALLATIONS
Ramoska & Castellani

VISUAL IDENTITY
Claudio Novaes

CONSTRUCTION WORK
Marcírio José Dos Reis

MANUFACTURERS
Omega Fence Systems, Araucária Marcenaria, Deca, Innovare Work, Noel Marinho, Portobello, Santorini Mármores, Snaldi, Uniflex

The desire for an art gallery
A unique art gallery
Among many properties for sale, a house
An architecturally intriguing house
A district in transformation
A diversified neighborhood

Art 132 Gallery
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Art 132 Gallery
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It was up to the architecture to interpret the owners’ needs and expectations.

The method began with our own projects for exhibition spaces (museums, libraries, art galleries) and other authors and, necessarily, research historical references to the architecture of the house.

The commission for remodeling a house to transform it into an art gallery brought some requirements: technical demands for the exhibition activities and the collection, expectations of a place for cultural meetings, a grand piano, the comfort of services, and emphasis on a tropical garden.

Art 132 Gallery
© Nelson Kon
Art 132 Gallery
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The starting step was an accurate dimensional and technical features survey, prospecting to identify the original structure.

Being aware of the comprehensive context creates conditions and opportunities for new uses.

Art 132 Gallery
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Art 132 Gallery
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With technique and sensitivity, we captured the virtues of a former house to transform it into an art gallery, as commissioned:

>A reinforced concrete ceiling with varied surfaces and geometries vaults, flat slabs, and a reverse plane,

>Natural lighting through the spans generated by the accommodation of the ceiling on the walls molded with different radii, sloping, and solar orientations,

>The free perspective connecting the front and back gardens

Art 132 Gallery
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Art 132 Gallery
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>A possible continuous and legible way along with the different environments.

The studies confirmed the consistency of the architectural guidelines for the new program inside and outside the building.

Art 132 Gallery
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And the key to the project was the ceiling, interpreted as a reference to position the different environments

Exposing the concrete of these structures high above enhanced the resulting forms below them.The gardens welcome the sculptures amidst the tropical vegetation.

Art 132 Gallery
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The exhibition rooms are distributed along the boundary wall, visually uniting the external and internal areas on all floors: a smooth, uniform and the precisely illuminated surface is the support for most of the works of art.

The panel close to the meeting room with its tiles qualifies what would be a simple lateral retreat that becomes the sensorial extension of the room for lunches and meetings, uniting inside and outside.

On the upper floor, the separations between the 3 bedrooms and bathrooms were removed to ensure the breadth of the internal environment and the continuity of the interior-exterior views.

The spaces for meetings and enjoyment are distributed on the balcony and in the room on the upper floor to contemplate the exhibition, listen to music next to the grand piano, participate in a lecture or see the works in the collection.

Art 132 Gallery
© Nelson Kon
Art 132 Gallery
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The benches, specially designed for contemplation moments are covered with tiles designed by Noel Marinho.

Thus, the almost 50-year-old house is renovated in the local scene with its original architecture enhanced by the shapes, colors, and textures of the materials, the accurate lighting, and mainly for the attraction of an art gallery on the street.

In renovation design, the initiatives of preservation, restoration, and recycling of floor covering materials and exposed concrete were successful.

The interventions value the fluidity of circulation, the new meaning of the spaces generated with the renovation, the different lighting scenes, and strengthen the interior-exterior relationship.

Art 132 Gallery
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Longitudinal section 01
Art 132 Gallery
Longitudinal section 02


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Perspective - 1st floor
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Perspective - Meeting room


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Upper floor plan
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Ground floor plan


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External view
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Frontal view


Art 132 Gallery
Iso - Access
Art 132 Gallery
Iso - 1st floor


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Iso - Roof

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Cross section 01

Piratininga Arquitetos Associados
T +55 11 31227077
Piratininga Arquitetos Associados
Rua General Jardim, 482 4º andar Vila Buarque, São Paulo, SP, CEP: 01223 010, Brasil