Boring Helix story



1 Helix proposed for Sao Paulo roundabout

On a tricksy pie-slice site in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, Italian architects ITA are proposing The Eye. The outside walls of the transparent building hug two streets leading off a roundabout creating a narrow triangle. The Eye winds up in a helix to make a striking cantilevered volume. This design gives the building a main entrance and covered drop-off area, and allows sunlight to get to the building behind.


The architects intend that the rounded loop of The Eye would serve as an inner courtyard for public events. What’s more, “lifting the volume, this (building) can receive sunlight, otherwise hidden by the building in front of it,” they say. For this design competition, ITA envisage a building of four layers of curved glass.

ITA has a raft of proposals to its name, including a stacked container yard for Portland, Maine. If The Eye gets the go-ahead, it will be in good company. The 12m-strong city already hosts innovative recent structures by the likes of local brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana, who have built a house their covered in palm fibre, and São Paulo Arquitetura’s folded concrete cultural centre.