Parc Nimbus Building
It is not just because of its height planted in the middle of the Santa Lúcia neighborhood, southern Belo Horizonte, that the Parc Nimbus building stands out. At 60m high, surrounded by houses, the building is also distinctive for its strong design that is, at the same time, harmonious, revealing structural elements that enrich the architectural set. A portico, pillars and a pergola round up the construction, marked by the retreated façade. Created by mineiro architect Gustavo Penna, the project brings forth the green areas and gives the condos a panoramic view of the city.
To the architect, the obtuse angle formed by the two planes on the façade is there for more than just break the strictness of the volume. “The concavity of the façade is a sheltering gesture of the building to the scenery,” Penna explains. The building was established in a way as to avoid excessive earth movement. Rugged and irregular, the terrain is formed by eleven subdivisions between streets Roma and Xingu. Both offer pedestrian and vehicular access to the building.
The 353m² apartments, one unit per floor, have free ground-plans that allow for changes in the layout according to the needs of each owner. The leisure areas were disposed in two levels to preserve the steepness of the terrain. In the subdivision to the side of Roma St., where the garages are located, a swimming pool and a steam room were built. The guest parking spaces, the function room and the tennis court are on the pilotis (ground) level, which also provides access to the woods.
Except for the green glass, granite is the only external cover material, and this confers a visual uniformity to the whole. The cavity walls are formed by plates fixed to the concrete structure with metal glides, hence the cavity between the cover and the insulation. The notion of uniformity is also reinforced by the use of structural elements in the architecture – the main portico and the pillars are not on ground level, but together with the pergola in the penthouse.
Excerpts from coverage by Valentina Figuerola – Arquitetura & Urbanismo magazine – issue 145 – Apr 2006.
Project name: Parc Nimbus Building
Architecture: Gustavo Penna, Norberto Bambozzi da Silveira, Laura Penna, Alexandre Bragança de Matos
Location: Santa Lúcia – Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais
Year designed: 1999
Year completed: 2003
Projected area: 5.636m²
Photos: Jomar Bragança