Friday, September 5, 2008
Harmonia 57: Living in harmony
Harmonia 57 by French-Brazilian architects Triptyque is an office building in São Paulo, Brazil, with a planted facade irrigated by a mist system.
Plants grow in 'pores' set into the concrete facade and will eventually cover the building. The pipelines that serve the whole building – as well as the pumps and the water treatment system – are constuctured on the exterior walls, embracing them like veins and arteries of a body.
The building is rough and has a primitive elegance – a reflex of the actual concern with environmental issues and the investigation of new ways of intervention.
This unique building presents a perspective on architecture as a non-finished object.