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Igara Building

Igara Building
© André Nazareth

Igara Building

Cité Arquitetura

AUTOMATION
Bessa Telecom

ALUMINUM CONSULTANT
MBP Consultoria de esquadrias

LANDSCAPE
Embyá Paisagens e Ecossistemas

ACOUSTICS
Roberto Thompson Motta Arquiteto

PROJECT TEAM
Carla Felix, Eduarda Volschan, Fabiana Melo, Fernanda Teixeira, Isadora Coelho, Lilian Freitas, Luiza Melo, Luísa Linden, Leonardo Leal, Leonardo Milano, Mateus Keiper, Maria Vitória Martins, Pedro Brito, Rachel Tonietto e Raphael Younes

PROJECT COORDINATION
Daniel Osório, Lúcia Andrezo, Thiago Godoy e Vanessa Moreira

INTERIOR DESIGN
Manga Rosa

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Soma Engenharia

PHOTOGRAPHS
André Nazareth, Dani Leite

AREA
2869 m²

YEAR
2024

LOCATION
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

CATEGORY
Apartments

Located on the corners of Igarapava and Sambaíba streets, in the lower part of Alto Leblon, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Igara Building has an architectural design by Citée Arquitetura, by partners Fernando Costa and Celso Rayol, landscaping by Embyá and Interiores of Manga Rosa Arquitetura.

Igara Building
© André Nazareth
Igara Building
© Dani Leite
Igara Building
© André Nazareth

Igara is inspired by the names of the streets that surround it, consolidating a direct relationship with the vocation of the place.

The conception of the project used the etymology of the word 'Igarapava', a term of Tupi origin that means 'Canoe Port', and the meaning of 'Sambaíba', the name given to a sarmentous shrub native to the Brazilian cerrado.

Citée's project started from these meanings to recreate the idea of the strength of the tree.

Igara Building
© Dani Leite
Igara Building
© Dani Leite
Igara Building
© André Nazareth

With its rooted foundation, like a safe and integral port connected to the earth, the building seeks the ascending sky.

The balconies have retractable glass enclosures integrated into the living rooms and bedrooms, bringing more natural light, ventilation, and a sense of freedom, as well as better use of space.

The idea is to integrate the inside with the outside, at the same time allowing spatial freedom for the residents.

Igara Building
© André Nazareth
Igara Building
© Dani Leite

The concept of rooting and ascending to the sky is evidenced by the colors on the facade, which range from earthier and darker tones at the base, to lighter and softer tones at the top of the building.

With this relationship, the large canopy of the tree would be the building itself, where a delicate lattice element conveys the idea of this branching closure, which embraces and protects like a nest.

Igara Building
© Dani Leite
Igara Building
© Dani Leite

In the first floors, the lattice manifests itself in a more concentrated and closed manner, creating a sense of solidity and foundation.

This architectural choice not only enhances the base of the building but also suggests the idea of deep rooting, grounding the ensemble solidly and robustly.

Igara Building
© Dani Leite
Igara Building
© Dani Leite

As you ascend along the structure, a gradual transformation unfolds.

The lattice, once dense and compact, begins to open up, revealing a fluid progression towards the upper floors.

Igara Building
© André Nazareth
Igara Building
© André Nazareth

Located above the rooftops, the building has a garden terrace that aims to be a social environment, with species of coastal vegetation, from restinga.

There is also a vegetable garden and an area for admiring the surrounding landscape, with a privileged view of the sea.

The view from above resonates with the awe we feel when reaching the highest branch of a robust tree.

Igara Building
© André Nazareth
Igara Building
© André Nazareth
Igara Building
© André Nazareth
Igara Building
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Igara Building
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Igara Building
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Igara Building
© Dani Leite
Igara Building
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Igara Building
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Igara Building
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Igara Building
© André Nazareth
Igara Building
© André Nazareth
Igara Building
© Dani Leite
Igara Building
© André Nazareth
Igara Building
© André Nazareth


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