Address: Rua José Bonifácio, 405
Year of completion: 1955–66
Clients: Charles Wolkowikz & Isaac Gelman
Architect: Adolf Franz Heep
Construction co: MICAR, Carlos Kusminsky
Typical floor area: 419m2
Originally planned as an office and commercial building in 1953, the investors later changed their mind and called on the German architect F Heep to design kitchenettes in 1955. These are multifunctional spaces with areas ranging from 25 to 40m2. The miniaturisation of the domestic space where the kitchen was reduced to a stove, a refrigerator and a sink gave the typology its name. Heep was already famous for his kitchenette projects [2.4–2.7], and had designed the first one in 1945, the Edifício Atlanta. The precarious site of the Imbuí seems ideal for this type of minimal unit: starting with a base on the narrow plot, the building rises as a very thin tower from the 5th floor.