The showroom of the Decameron furniture store is located on a rented site in the furniture commercial alley in São Paulo.To make the quick and economic construction viable, the project worked with the premise of a light occupation of the lot, basically done with industrial elements, which could easily be assembled.
The space was constructed through a mixed solution, with maritime transport containers and a specifically designed structure. Despite the spatial limitation imposed by the pre-determined dimension of the containers, the piece has impressive structural attributes that makes piling them possible.
Two stories of containers form tunnels where products are displayed side by side. The ample span, necessary to show furniture in relation with each other, is constructed by a metallic structure. This space is closed, in front and in back, by double-height metal casements with alveolar polycarbonate.
At the back of the lot, there is a patio filled with trees and a pebbled-ground. When both doors are simultaneously opened, the whole store becomes integrated with its urban context.
At rush stressful hours, by opening only the back doors, the store becomes self-absorbed, ruled by the presence of the inner-garden.
On the back of the site is the office, closed by a glass wall that enables the designers to take part on the sales life.
Two edges of the design process in contact through the inner patio as other opposing strengths also meet at this small project: The intensity of the urban life and a small nature retreat, the power of the containers and the lightness of the metallic structure and finally, the linearity of the tunnels and the cubic volume.
At the hottest spot in the most important alley of decoration in the city: alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva there was the only empty plot left. The client rented it and commissioned the architect to come up with a very low budget design, something that could be assembled quickly, respecting the existing trees.
The idea was to use discarded containers, to reuse a ready-made object, a leftover of the actual intense commodities exchange. The project was organized inside two tunnels of containers, taking advantage of the linearity of its inside spaces, and a double height hangar attached to it, a contrasting cubic volume. Huge polycarbonate sliding doors connect the store with the city and an inner garden.
Project name: Decameron
Location: Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 2138 – PinheirosSao Paulo – São Paulo, 01442-001, Brazil
Coordinates: -23.574405, -46.687736
Type: Shop / Store / Showroom / Retail
Program: showroom of the Decameron furniture
Site area: 540 sqm
Built area: 250 sqm
Completion Date/Year: 2011
Client / Owner / Developer: Marcus Ferreira, Decameron Design
Architects: Studio mk27 – Alameda Tietê, 505 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo – SP, 01417-020 Brazil
Co-Architect: mariana simas
Collaborator: pedro tuma, Oswaldo pessano
Project Team: beatriz meyer, carolina castroviejo eduardo chalabi, eduardo glycerio, eduardo gurian elisa friedmann, gabriel kogan, lair reis luciana antunes, maria cristina motta renata furlanetto, samanta cafardo, suzana glogowki
Interior Designer: Diana Radomysler, studio mk27
Environmental Engineer: studio mk27
Landscape Architect: Renata Tilli
Structural Engineer: Poughet
Text Description: © Courtesy of Studio mk27
Images: © Studio MK27, Pedro Vannucchi
Materials & Suplier:
Glass window frames: vitrocsa
Polycarbonate window frames: kiko esquadrias
Sanitery faucets: interbagno