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O projeto do Edifício FORLUZ foi selecionado dentre demais projetos propostos para abrigar a sede da CEMIG – Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais and related companies.

Our work was guided by three perspectives. Three fundamental levels of ethical and technical relationship with the built space to which, in our opinion, the new building FORLUZ needs to respond.


Threats to the planet demand a new generation of energy-conserving and ecologically friendly buildings.

From there, we set out to create a green building using special systems for the frames, glass and brises-soleil; air conditioning, ventilation, installations, automation and low-energy building materials, use of rainwater and groundwater for service procedures, independent structure with reusable forms and the use of photovoltaic cells for energy co-generation.


The new building establishes a relationship with Júlio Soares; icon of Brazilian architecture of the 70s. We chose to create there, the feeling of a frame, an enveloping, receptive gesture.

That's why we don't repeat the “tower” as it could soon provoke comparisons, or even some competition.

The blade solution came more natural, as it does not occupy the central area of the land.
Thus, its slender vertical prism forms a concave dihedral with the large marquee on Rua Mato Grosso. There opens a wide space that will accommodate the corner-corner of the tower.

The open spaces at the level of Avenida Barbacena, enriched by the beautiful set of Caesalpinias Ferrea and the horizontal ones of Rua Mato Grosso, point out paths that continue: free sights for the city to breathe.

This harmony of elements that complement each other is at the same time a sign of respect and kindness.



When ForLuz embarks on an initiative of this magnitude, it wants to be safe.

We therefore set out to develop the constructive solution that is characterized as follows:

  • modular and economical spans,

  • flexible floor plans to facilitate multiple functional arrangements,

  • non-compartmentalization of environments, aiming at integration and easy reference,

  • bright and inviting environments,

  • spaces that promote conviviality and well-being,

  • ease of maintenance and monitoring,

  • small horizontal distances to comfort areas and safety stairs,

  • covered departures and arrivals,

  • Dignified, readable and conflict-free access environments,

  • Mobility and accessibility for the disabled and elderly,

  • Vertical and Horizontal Shafts,

  • Constant presence of green and sights for the city.

The result of this synthesis is a 23-story building that will house, in its standard floors, with a flat-floor layout, the offices and related uses. The flexibility of the facilities is a fundamental principle of the project, considering the organizational dynamics that can be applied.


GPA&A, Trinia Arquitetura, Gustavo Penna, Alexandre Bragança, Ana Rita Massahud, Juliana Couri, Laura Caram, Laura Penna, Letícia Carneiro, Norberto Bambozzi, Paula Tavares, Priscila Dias de Araújo

Management and Planning

GPA&A, Trinia Arquitetura, Rísia Botrel and Flávia Mansur


Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais – Brazil


Technical Data
Year of the project: 2008
Year of completion of the work: 2014
Built area: 50,000m²


Jomar Bragança
Leonardo Finotti

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