Balance Between Shape and Construction: Getting to Know the Work of Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

The Sao Paulo architecture firm Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados was founded in 1997. It began as a partnership between Vinicius Andrade, Marcelo Morettin, and later expanded to include Renata Andrulis and Marcelo Maia Rosa. The office boasts a rich history of more than 20 years and many activities.

The firm has worked on a variety of projects and scales. It works in both public and private sectors. The office works within the constraints of budgetary and legal limitations to meet the needs of customers and projects. It seeks to turn simple, constructive solutions into high-quality spaces by using conventional materials and traditional methods. Buildings that are integrated into and contribute to the urban fabric without sacrificing the appreciation of architectural innovation, creativity, and architectural quality.

The office’s 20-year history of production adds modern architectural references to Brazil’s modernist heritage. It highlights local traditions while creating its own language that reflects current trends. The office’s projects are not only a matter of constructive concern. They focus on technique as a fundamental element. This includes taking care of thermal comfort and acoustic comfort, but also exploring new covering techniques, louvers, and other elements that give each project its identity.

Since 1998, the office has received numerous awards and publications, including the 2019 IABsp Edificacao Institucional Award for the IMPA – National Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics – project. It was also honored with the LafargeHolcim Latin America Regional Award. It was also a finalist in the 2018 Mies Crown Americas Award for Moreira Salles Institute at Paulista Avenue. Here are some examples of office projects:

Pop+ Building

Edifício POP+ / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon
Edifício POP+ / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon

T.R. House

Residência TR / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon
Residência TR / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon

C.J. House

Residência CJ / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon
Residência CJ / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon

Architecture Project for the 34th Bienal de Arte de São Paulo

Projeto de arquitetura para a 34a Bienal de Arte de São Paulo / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Pedro Kok
Projeto de arquitetura para a 34a Bienal de Arte de São Paulo / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Pedro Kok

Santa Cruz Library

Biblioteca Santa Cruz / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados . Image © André Scarpa
Biblioteca Santa Cruz / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados . Image © André Scarpa

Moreira Salles Institute

Instituto Moreira Salles / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon
Instituto Moreira Salles / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon

Instituto de Pesquisas da Santa Casa

Instituto de Pesquisas da Santa Casa / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon
Instituto de Pesquisas da Santa Casa / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon

Fidalga Building

Edifício Fidalga / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados . Image © Nelson Kon
Edifício Fidalga / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados . Image © Nelson Kon

Edifício Elevo (Pavão)

Edifício Elevo (Pavão) / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Maíra Acayaba
Edifício Elevo (Pavão) / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Maíra Acayaba

FS House

Residência FS / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon
Residência FS / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon