Avenida Paulista

São Paulo, 2013

Tomorrow doesn´t exist. Past, present and future are rationalizations of time that are unable to grasp it at all. A segmented time allows only a fractional overview; its measurement in cyclical duration trough years, days and hours is inconsistent. An exercise that has been done a posteriori. Such convention is bounded to a way of thinking that extracts what is most important in time projection: the action as itself. It accumulates a summation of expectations, flows and intensities linked directly to Man´s intentions. As a part of this process, the light assumes an important role in space, being itself a spatial element. The presence or absence of light integrates and transforms our reality. There are no ‘means’ and 'content' in different spheres, both of them are one. Therefore time is space, and space is also light.

From this point of view, light can be time as well. What´s understandable as “now” is, actually, an unique unit of time; time as a measure of motion. A perception and conception that Man makes about his time and space, influenced by the presence of full or empty, memory or surprise, the presence or absence of light.  Sun´s trajectory has been always a primary reference for measuring time in regular portions. However, the proposed interpretation claims that the human being is also referenced by light.

The project 

The Project is inserted in Avenida Paulista, originally a stronghold of the Brazilian elite that had their houses replaced by tall modern buildings and became the financial center of the metropolis in the 1970s, when an unexecuted project that tried to downgrade the avenue left  underground galleries without use of and access. Nowadays it became a generic space, a cultural Center and a postcard of the city, attracting a diversity of social groups of the metropolis.


Under the ground, abandoned underground galleries- unused space debris from a road project designed in the 60s– has its surface coated with layers of glass and marble, supported by a metal mesh driven north that is based on the existing galleries and follows a reticular design, on an idea of abstraction that understands this module as a resource that gives all desires that shape the space. The reticular network still infringes the position of access to the basement, always located between the vertices of the mesh that coincide with the galleries.


The relationship between surface and underground elements - material and immaterial – is folded and is interfere, but the design of these elements are completely different in each one when the light takes different forms and strengths.


The wear of the material flow caused by movement of people and vehicles in the surface reduces the thickness of the coating enabling light that enter in the subsoil. The light guide and interfere in the uses of the galleries, making  the same with their own space. Floor and subsoil integrate by light and time, revealing its contrasts and uniting them as a horizon between two worlds. A proposal that  with no man's action in no way would modify the space, a space changeable as the action of man's time, that is naturally diverse and complex.

Equipe: Luiz Gustavo Sobral Fernandes, André Luis dos Santos, Felipe Vieira, Renan Bussi e Paulo Scheuer