Bela Cintra 1235 by Triptyque

May 18th, 2008


French-Brazilian architects Triptyque have sent through images of Bela Cintra 1235, a private apartment in São Paulo.


Completed in 2006, the apartment features a monumental curving bookcase that wraps around the building’s circulation.


The apartment was designed for Houssein Jarouche, owner of the design boutique Micasa in São Paulo. Triptyque also designed the Micasa showroom.


See our earlier story about the Loducca building in São Paulo by Triptyqye.

Here’s info from Triptyque:


AREA 300 m²

Dominique Gonzales Foester defined the tropical identity as
“something organic, intense, sensorial, vegetal, pulsating, immature,
out of control”.


These concepts guided the project for this apartment. This project
embodies the idea of global design – it’s a completely artistic
project. A contemporaneous and singular architectural plan is
established from the layout to the faucets.


The 300 square feet apartment was planned as a great gallery with
aligned rooms without an established function. The goal was to
stimulate unexpected occupations and give a certain gratuité to the
spaces. The main concept was to work the space as whole unit, divided
in smaller rooms.


Inside, strong elements are confronted, resulting in a poetic
conversation. The use of wooden floors – per example – is very
expressive: the treated demolition wood and its irregular pieces
juxtaposes with the white lacquered bookcase. The artificial makes
visual contrast with the rough. In the same way, the kitchen’s concrete
speaks to the stainless steel from the drawers and doors.


Therefore, the apartment offers a great variety of points of view,
sequences, accidents and movements. The result is extraordinary and
surprising – the visual relation created with the loose volumes and the
organic omnipresence of the Treme-Treme leads to a unique architectural


“The first step was to clear the space and observe the potentials.
The second step was to establish a new hierarchy that privileges the
continuity of spaces. The third, to search and create a language of our
own”, say the Triptyques.


The greatest challenge to the architects was to make sure that this
continuity was obtained without interfering in the richness of internal
spaces. The apartment structure was opened to its maximum in order to
clear the plan, where a dialog between the bookcase, the kitchen and
the galleries is set.


A monumental structure (the bookcase) embraces the technical core of
the building (elevators and stairs). It presents itself in every room
and defines the whole project: through the bookcase is made the
entrance to the apartment, like walking into a cave, through the dark
towards the light.


The kitchen is a great concrete stone – from where fire arises –
that stands in the center of the project. It is the element of
encountering and articulation and is placed in the central position,
speaking directly to the great structure (the bookcase).


The gallery is marked by integrated essential elements, such as
closets, bathtub, bed, kitchen, etc. – all of them treated in a
minimalist way – rough concrete, demolition wooden floors, stainless
steel, white walls, etc. – giving the furniture and art pieces space to
be moved around.


The furniture – pieces of international design collections – was
chosen with the client’s participation. The choice was leaded by the
configuration of spaces, considering as priority the rooms’ versatility
and the possibility of eventual layout changes.


White is the main color used. In the gallery, the white is
accompanied by the natural colors of the other materials – concrete,
wood and stainless steel – and in the bedroom it is side by side with
dark-grey elements, giving it a strong and intimate feel.



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