A void of possibilities: getting to know the work of the vain
Founded in 2013 in the city of São Paulo, the young transdisciplinary office focuses on the design practice of architecture, urbanism and also the plastic arts, with the influence of visual arts, music, theater and urban daily life, transferring experience to their projects. at different scales, demands and contexts.
Named after a term with several meanings in the Portuguese language, in architecture, vain is the resulting empty space between constructive elements, which can be occupied and activated from social, political, artistic interactions, and of many other natures. The firm was founded by Anna Juni, Enk te Winkel and Gustavo Delonero and, over these nearly 10 years of experience, has had a small work team, in addition to occasional collaborations with friends and professional colleagues on some projects.
The office describes itself as transdisciplinary, interested in taking advantage of all possible intersections between the multidisciplines with which they have already worked, especially architecture and the visual arts. In its design practice, the office seeks to mix analog and computational tools, as well as develop research in expanded fields, not limited to the scope of architecture and urbanism.
Immersed in important architectural references from São Paulo, such as the MASP and Sesc Pompeia by Lina Bo Bardi, or the Mube by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the marquee of the Ibirapuera by Oscar Niemeyer, the FAU span in Vilanova Artigas and the Centro Cultural São Paulo by Eurico Prado Lopes and Luiz Telles, as a result we see projects of varying scales, ranging from renovations to entire houses, passing through artistic installations, which reflect a complexity of concepts in simple, delicate and effective forms as a design, which were little by little creating an office language.
In its trajectory, the office has won important national and international awards, such as the IAB-SP Highlight of the House of the Year Award, or the third place in the Akzonobel Instituto Tomie Ohtake Award and the award of the International Contest of Invisible Geometries in Mexico. See some works below: