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Architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Sao Paulo (made)

  • Date:

    2007 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Weinfeld, Isay (architect)
    Alvarenga, Marcelo

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil overlaid with black felt tip pen on tracing paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isay Weinfeld Studio

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 221

Isay Weinfeld is an award winning Brazilian architect with over 30 years of architectural experience designing civic spaces, residential homes, commercial buildings, hotels and restaurants in Brazil and worldwide. This collection of architectural drawings for the Livraria da Vila bookshop in Sao Paulo is a good example of the architectural design process, showing both rough perspective plans as well as more highly finished interior schemes.

The architectural drawings were created for the Livraria da Vila bookshop in the prestigious Jardim Paulista area of Sao Paulo. As a result of the widely acclaimed structure, Weinfeld was commissioned to design two subsequent Livraria da Vila branches located around Brazil. Weinfeld’s design brief was to create a space that reflected the client’s belief that bookstores should be cultural hubs as well as places of commerce. To achieve this, Weinfeld incorporated into his scheme a small lecture auditorium, a café and a storytelling area for children.

One of the striking elements of the Livraria da Vila’s design is the pivoting glass-fronted, steel framed doors lined with books that form the entrance to the bookshop during opening hours. Weinfeld’s inspiration for this design element is said to be les bouquinistes, the Parisian second-hand booksellers that line the banks of the river Seine selling books beneath their green wooden awning boxes. This influence is evident in this perspective view design for the Livraria da Vila’s façade where an extended awning, the length of the building, protects a table stacked with books just inside the entrance.

These drawings are particularly significant to the Collection as they mark the V&A’s first acquisition of a South American architect’s work.

Physical description

Perspective view for the facade of the Livraria da Vila bookstore in Sao Paulo, rendered in pencil overlaid with black felt tip pen. This unrealised scheme depicts the open entrance to the bookstore with an extended awning protecting the stacked table of books just inside the building. A separate recessed doorway is visible on the left. Three loosely rendered shrubs in black felt tip pen are situated in the foreground. A roughly sketched public bench is rendered on the right.

Place of Origin

Sao Paulo (made)


2007 (made)


Weinfeld, Isay (architect)
Alvarenga, Marcelo

Materials and Techniques

Pencil overlaid with black felt tip pen on tracing paper


Height: 17.7 cm, Width: 25.1 cm

Descriptive line

Perspective view for the Livraria da Vila bookstore in Sao Paulo, by Isay Weinfeld, 2007

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Barreneche, Raul A., 2012. Isay Weinfeld: projetos comerciais. Translated from Portugese by O. Nunes and L.Folgueira. Sao Paulo, Bei Comunicação.


Pencil; Felt tip pen; Tracing paper



Subjects depicted

Bookshop; Perspective drawing


Drawings; Designs; Architecture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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