The design process was an example of how a design and construction project can be done by means of virtual communication and still have a warm and personal touch. I visited the location on Rua Bela Cintra, Jardins, São Paulo only twice during the design and construction process. The first time I visited to see and feel the building in its original state. I could determine what elements could be taken out to transform the dark and cluttered space into a space that would feel open, light and welcoming. The second time I visited to view the results of our work and discuss the final touches. In between I worked closely together with SMUV partner Zak Tyler. After making the project drawings we mainly communicated by whatsapp text, conversation, images and film. We would choose materials and think of solutions together, one of us in Europe, the other in São Paulo. This way of woking is only possible with a highly involved client, who actually turns into a design partner.
Furniture for the project was selected or created with a sustainable approach. Some of the furniture was made from a tree that the local authorities cut down. SMUV partner Zak asked if he could have the tree to create furniture for his new business. Other furniture was bought in vintage shops.
SMUV space has been an appreciated space in the buzzing centre of the Jardins area in Sao Paulo since its opening end of 2018.
As we could not find suitable doors to the Yoga Sala, I designed the doors and they were made on location. The structure is made of steel, the surfaces of bamboo sticks. The final touch to the doors, two crystal doorhandles still nee dot be placed.