The arrival at House B+B – the access to the social area – is through an architectural trajectory, via an open ramp, located on the eastern side of the construction. This space is protected by hollowed-out concrete elements to the side, which create surprising effects of light and end up functioning as protection from bad weather conditions.
It is an interstitial space between the protected inside of the construction and the open garden. The ramp, long and smooth, extends the transition from interior to exterior creating the constant sensation of environment changing. This solution was vastly used by Brazilian modernism, which consecrated the radical use of ramps as a way of vertical circulation while reaffirming the Corbusian precepts of architectural promenade. There is an intentional uncertainty about the character of this space: internal or external?
The reference to modernism lies also in the wall of hollowed-out elements, renowned from the 30’s in Brazil, as a solution to be reproduced on large scale, very appropriate for the tropical climate since it allows for shading without blocking of the fresh breeze.
The social area of the house creates a sensation of coziness and comfort, in an open space, without any structural interference for the organization of the furniture layout. A 3.5 meters sliding door allows the kitchen to be completely integrated to the dining room. The counter used for food preparation is behind the window overlooking the ramp and receiving the ‘constructed’ light, filtered by the hollowed-out elements. Thus, the kitchen becomes a lit-up space and a pleasant ambient.
Different than the usual solution, the rooms are on the first floor – in direct relation to the garden – and can be also accessed internally via a staircase connected to the living room on the top floor. The wooden elements on this floor’s facade allow for the internal control of the sunlight and thus provides for a great thermal performance.
The use of ‘raw’ materials such as exposed concrete and wood give a lively aspect to residence, constantly changing over time. The architecture of B+B House sought to create a cozy, welcoming space, an intimate home as much for the daily lives of the residents as well as for the reception of friends in social gatherings.
Photos: Fernando Guerra
LP House is a contemporary property comprised of two concrete, wood and glass volumes designed by Metro Arquitetos Associados, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Comprised of 2,045 square feet (190 square meters) of living space this modern residence is surrounded by a wooded landscape and flooded with natural light.
From the architect: The architectural project for this house consists of two main volumes; ground floor and superior floor. The ground floor embraces the architectonical program of the house and is organized by a longilineal volume that incorporates all of the wet areas; two bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. This main volume stretches along the whole extension of the house, parallel to the lateral border and demarcating the end and initial point of the terrain.
The main areas of the house, living room and bedrooms, open up towards the garden in a transverse direction to the wet areas. The elevated flooring, 45cm above the ground level, allows the front of the house to be used as a comfortable seating area facing the garden.
The whole structure of the house is made of reinforced concrete with a solid concrete slab and inverted beam. All enclosures are of concrete, glass and wooden panels. The superior floor, where the office is located, consists of a lighter construction, made out of steel panelling and metal structure.
The cantilever on both extremities and the narrow slit between the floor beam and the roof slab accentuate the idea of two independent volumes. The stairway is the element that unites both of these volumes, even if positioned on the outside of the house. This makes it possible to go up and down without the need for going inside the house.
A house made up of volumes that organize space and define its structure creates the desired design and a beautiful sinuous garden.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
Toblerone House is a visually stunning modern home comprised of three horizontal concrete slabs with two distinct levels, designed by Studio MK27, sited in São Paulo, Brazil. The basic concept of the home can be described as a unique image: a free first floor with large sliding glass doors which support a wooden box delimited by concrete beams. The first floor houses the collective program, with living room, utilities and kitchen. On the second floor are the three bedrooms, the den and a home theater.
The conceptual and programmatic simplicity of the house joins a structural simplicity: a 14-pillared grid, organized in two lines, support the construction. All of the pillars are exposed with a rounded format. When the doorframes of the first floor are open, the living room becomes a free floor, totally open to the gardens – a house on pilotis. The simple architectural concept reminds of the Domino corbusian system, a type of manifestation about the free structure.
The shape of the land allowed for a longitudinal implanting of the house with spatial permeability between the two extreme areas, with a loose canopy in the garden. The apparent architectural simplicity ends up revealing complex spaces. The veranda, which extends from the living room, becomes a central living space, with an external fireplace. The office, integrated to the living room, is delimited by a stand, free from any other element. This office is connected with the back patio, which has beautiful jabuticabeiras. On the second floor, the master bedroom and bathroom open to a beam – the roof of the veranda – and look out over the treetops that perfume the beam of the first floor.
The wood establishes a dialogue with the other raw material, such as the concrete, and is used as a sun filter for the bedrooms. Each piece of this brise-soleil has a triangular shape and was fixed to folding doors, able to be kept open according to the needs of the users. On the ground floor, cross-ventilation allows for excellent thermal comfort.
The simplicity of Toblerone House surpasses the organization of the house, the solutions for environmental comfort, or even in the everyday use by the inhabitants, little surprises complete the architecture.
Photos: Nelson Kon
This spectacular Rio De Janeiro five bedroom, eight bath luxury oceanfront loft is situated in a prime location between Sao Conrado and Barra Tijuca, Brazil. Showcasing an open living concept spread over 8,500 square feet, the home boasts soaring 18 foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors frame the endless views and compliment the open and dramatic floor plan that’s just perfect for intimate gatherings and large-scale entertaining. The 1,000 square foot master suite is reserved for selfish enjoyment and includes a spa with a vertical garden and a lush waterfall shower with over 1,800 plants. A modern kitchen, home theater, home office, iPad controlled smart-house automation, barbecue, outdoor decks and an infinity edge pool surrounded by a forest facing the ocean are just a few of the features of this stunning property. Designer furnishings are included with this offering to complete the package.
This fabulous home was spotted on The Agency, listed for sale at $10,800,00, from here.
Redux House has been designed by Marcio Kogan’s Studio MK27, located in the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil, in a gated community called Quinta da Baroneza. The open land, on a downwards slope terrain and with a west facing view, is on the edge of a large environmental preservation area of a native forest, aspects which determined the implantation as well as the residence’s architectural parti.
The house was built on the highest level possible, respecting the existing topography in order to could gain the view of the sunset and the vegetation with the least impact on the surroundings. The project is composed of a slab floor, 4 programmatic boxes and a slab ceiling. Externally to the slab of the floor there appears a great concrete volume, pool and deck, which is projected along the decline of the site and terminates floating through a
small although striking span.
The slab of the floor, at 50cm above the ground is supported by beams set back, intensifying the delicate shape in which the projected was implanted onto the land. Visually, the house seems to float. The program was divided into four programmatic blocks. The first block contains the intimate area (4 bedrooms and sauna), the second only has the master suite. On the third we have the services area (kitchen, laundry room, sitting room, bathrooms and maids rooms). Finally, in the last block we have the garage and the technical area.
The distribution of the blocks in the slab floor created interstitial spaces, configuring circulation, terraces and the large space for the living room. This latter, enveloped by a skin of glass with sliding panels open and create a dialogue between the internal and external (native forest and the west). The slab of the roof, the same size as the slab on the floor, overlaps the programmatic volumes which, because of the different heights, here it leans on the roof there it has a reduced ceiling height. The emptiness between the volumes and the slab create an inner rhythm and, simultaneously, makes it possible to have improved natural lighting in the house.
The two main volumes that include the bedrooms are completely clad in vertically slatted wooden panels which open almost entirely. In the day, the panels filter the sunlight creating a texture of light and shade and, at night, it transforms the boxes into large lanterns which light up the land.
Photos: Fernando Guerra
This wonderful family home brings together minimalism and warmth, designed by architect Alessandro Sartore, located at the foot of the Pedra da Gávea Mountains in Itanhangá, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The homeowners wanted the house to have a serious architectural footprint with clean lines and warm undertones, yet not have the appearance of a showroom. Faced with this challenge, the architect made some choices: first selecting cozy materials such as demolition wood (mahogany) and stone walls; and then set the whole house around the enormous tree that occupied the center of the plot of 800 square meters.
The tree, named Bethany by the owner, on account of its stately appearance, has an opening in the floor and ceiling slab of 3 meters in diameter around its trunk. She works as a focal point of the entire distribution of living areas – living room, dining room, kitchen and TV room – and even as a connection between the body of the residence and the garden surrounding the building. “The feeling is that we are in a house-porch,” states the homeowner.
The intervention in the slab, which is repeated to accommodate a much smaller tree in the garage, eventually leading to a second daring in design: the lack of air conditioning. Yes, only the rooms have refrigeration. Thanks to the narrow length of more than 20 meters long of construction and also the opening functions as a vent channel, the home remains cool even under high temperatures. Simply keep open the glass walls and the entrance door, which are all pivoting.
Inside and out, all spaces are connected, especially the interior with the garden and the swimming pool, located right next to the stairs, whose door is never closed to the main entrance.
The home is decorated with plenty of art and furnishings that are inviting and based on convenience. With a catalog of over a thousand items available, the couple focused on furniture with both comfort and beauty, mixing plenty of icons. “The architect designed the entire wall of the living glass, but I begged to have a ‘normal’ section. Otherwise, where would I hang the screen Marcelo Pia I love? “He says.
Photos: Filippo Banberghi
SF House is a contemporary residence designed for a couple and their two teenage children by Studio Guilherme Torres, located in Londrina, Brazil. Completed in 2006, the 5,887 square foot (547 square meters) project was planned on an upward sloping terrain allocated in three floors. The first floor, built at the street level, contains the laundry area which cannot be seen due to the span that forms the garage.
Above the garage one can find the living area and the guest’s bedroom. The big wood brise indicates the stairway that leads to the house. On the third floor, you will find the bedrooms which face a vast terrace. The access to the bedrooms is through a long corridor, brightly illuminated by glass sealed slabs on the ceiling and walls. Light is this project’s main property. It is free, rich, abundant and generous.
In this house, different environs are found with total synergy among the different parts of the house. The dining room, balcony and the home theater have no obstacles between them and can be closed with glass doors that are allocated in the walls. On both floors and walls one can easily notice the materials used: cement, bricks and cumaru wood.
The furniture never fails to match couple the precise and economical features of the house yet following a rejuvenating idea proposed by the family. The materials used either as floor or wall coatings allow room for a new interpretation to the basic Cartesian plans. In other words, the material which is supposedly made for walking on can actually be touched and vice and verse.
The house architecture carries several antagonistic symbolism’s – solidity, lightness, coziness, modernity, warmth, freshness – and complementary so as to shorten the distance between our dreams and achievements, an antidote to the boredom of traditional houses.
Photos: Beto Consorte
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