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“La Petite Afrique, a mixed-use building, is adjacent to the gardens of famous Monte Carlo Casino. Three years ago, our office won an international contest to implement the project. There were 10 competitors” It includes: Hotel Fasano, Bar Número, the sole branch of LusoBrasileiro Bank, Luisa Strina Art Gallery, three restaurants of the Forneria San Paolo chain, and three Livraria da Vila book stores. But his most remarkable work in São Paulo gives exclusive access to no one but its residents: It is the 360º building, a 22-story residential tower. As its name suggests, the structure has neither front, nor side entrances – its four sides consist of irregularly overlapping blocks, with balconies, terraces, and windows. The building became the main highlight of the 2009 edition of Future Projects Awards, a contest held by Architectural Review, a renowned British magazine. It won in the residential category, in addition to receiving the main prize, beating all other competitors. The judging panel © Tuca Reinés

As to his work abroad, Weinfeld, of German origin on his father’s side and Brazilian on his mother’s, has a few good creations, adding to his numerous awards. These include hotels Fasano Las Piedras in Uruguay and Square Nine – winners of eight contests in Europe and the USA. A recent work is about to become part of this list: La Petite Afrique project in Monaco, still under construction. “It is a mixeduse building next to the gardens of the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Three years ago, our office won an international contest to build the project, which had 10 competitors”, he says. The largest part of the architect’s collection is spread around São Paulo streets and avenues. Incidentally, a major part of his work can be seen locally in detail.

emphasized the author’s originality in adopting a pinwheel-inspired structure as the base of the apartment building, with spacious open areas. It further noted that the 360º building approach “offers useful lessons for any architect willing to design decent homes in tall buildings”. A Mackenzie Presbyterian University graduate, Weinfeld has two inspiring masters: Italian-born Brazilian- citizen Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992), and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) of Germany. The former, who arrived in Brazil in 1946, soon after World War II, wasn’t too keen on flourishes or ornaments, as can be seen from the straight lines and right angles of her main projects: MASP, the São Paulo Museum of Art and SESC Pompeia. The latter, one of the architecture giants in the 20th century, combined elegance, lightness, and sobriety. His style was self-defined in a single sentence he used to repeat now and then to his peers, employees, and students: “Less is more”. Weinfeld’s Spartan-style drawings, therefore, had noble influences. Like Lina and Ludwig, he allows no meaningless ornaments. He also abhors the so-called “neocolonial style”, still in fashion. By the way, he hails the opportunities being extended by a few São Paulo construction companies to talented colleagues, such as the Aflalo & Gasperini office, responsible for Jardim das Perdizes, Arthur Casas, author of VN Ferreira Lobo, and the Konigsberger and Vannucchi duo who created Residencial Aika. “I hope this is not just a passing fad, but a better understanding of architecture by investors and entrepreneurs”, he says. Casa Inglaterra: projeto em São Paulo recebeu o Prêmio Rino Levi Casa Inglaterra: a Rino Levi Award recipient project in São Paulo

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