Infinity TowerSão Paulo, Brazil Yuny Incorporadora, GTIS Partners Aflalo & Gasperini, Architect-of-Record Office 419,000 ft2 / 39,000 m2 Gold AsBEA Award for Architecture (2012)
Infinity Tower is a 39,000-square-meter office tower located at the center of São Paulo, Brazil. Its immediate proximity to the intersection of Faria Lima and Juscelino Kubitschek Boulevard, the heart of São Paulo’s Financial District, strategically positions the tower as one of the City’s only Class A office buildings.
The dynamic massing of the building, nautical in nature, is reminiscent of a schooner running under full sail. The 118m tall tower elegantly extends skyward from a Plaza Level reflecting pool and responds simultaneously to both its unique urban context and the City’s Zoning criteria. The curving reflecting pool gently defines the full height glass enclosed Lobby while 18 office floors, each approximately 2,000 m2, rise above. The building’s ‘sails’ gracefully wrap each level with two sweeping curves of a glass curtainwall system that is highlighted by exterior ‘brise soleil’ fins to control sunlight and glare. Private balconies extend from each end of both curves and afford dramatic views of the city’s older Avenida Paulista center to the North and the emerging new development to the South. The top of the building is sharply sculpted and punctuated by a rooftop heliport to provide direct executive access to each office level below).
Ground level access is readily accessible to pedestrians and vehicles alike. A series of reflecting pools, shaded walkways, and landscaped green areas offers a quiet transition between the City and Tower. A canopy covered porte-cochere is located directly adjacent to the Lobby’s main entry. The nautical motif of the tower also defines the Lobby which is surrounded by water and accessed across two bridges. An 11m high curved glass wall continues the sweeping gestures of the tower above and the material palette features the rich finish of French Limestone for the floor and dark Brazilian wood for the core enclosure.