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WT Morumbi

Located in one of the most valued neighborhoods of São Paulo, WT Morumbi is a commercial development designed to be an icon in the city landscape.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos
Owner
BW 1 – Empreendimento
Location
São Paulo, Brazil
Completion Date
Area
177,650 m²
WT Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil. Welder Vinicius Silva/Wikimedia
WT Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil. Courtesy BW 1 Morumbi Empreendimento Imobilario LTDA
WT Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil. Courtesy BW 1 Morumbi Empreendimento Imobilario LTDA

A New Structural Approach for Brazil

An office tower with two wings. Five sky bridges. Riverfront view. Located in one of the most valued neighborhoods of São Paulo, WT Morumbi is a commercial development designed to be an icon in the city landscape.

We served as an independent structural consultant to the steel fabricator, providing peer review services and consulting to the design team to assess structural design solutions for this unique project, which was completed in 2015.

Highlights

  • The remarkable building geometry is supported by structural systems and materials that are new and unconventional in Brazilian high-rise design and construction. The structure consists of composite slab and beams supported by concrete-encased steel columns and concrete core walls. The concrete core walls provide lateral stability and steel trusses, supported on slide bearings, reinforce the sky bridge.
  • The office tower rises 31 stories above grade with the exterior wall extending eight meters above the roof line up to reach the maximum building height of 141 meters.
  • Five sky bridges are spaced along the height of the building and follow its curved façade, providing a visually seamless connection between the two wings.
  • The sky bridges are built out as office space with four of the five bridges two stories tall and spanning up to 35 meters.

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