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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Livraria da Vila, São Paulo, Brazil

Built on a very narrow plot in São Paulo The Livraria da Vila is a unique book store in a refurbished two-story house,
Isay Weinfeild believed that in a commercial venue, a project must always be developed to enhance the product, its in-store merchandising, and its sales. In particular, they strived for solutions that allowed customers to experience the product as comfortably as possible. In the case of Livraria da Vila, such comfort is translated into the composition of low-ceiling spaces, dark tones, indirect lighting and floor to ceiling shelves. Whichever direction one looks at, there are books without a pretentious feel, allowing customers to browse or even read at ease in the couches and easy chairs scattered around the stories.

From the intial phases of design, it was clear an open plan was needed to better arrange products and circulation. For that reason significant structural alterations were performed to the existing building, such as the incorporation of metal supports that would make it possible to displace the pillars to the outer sections of the building and reinforce its foundations. The inclusion of the basement level allowed for an entire floor exclusive for children, in addition to a small auditorium, to hold courses and lectures whilst the voids connecting one floor to the next invite customers to enter and explore the store and its various spaces.
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