Casa 4×30 has been designed by CR2 Architecture in collaboration with FGMF Architects in São Paulo, Brazil. The home was encrusted in a row of narrow geminate houses which presented more of a challenge rather than as an architectural project. How to make the entire program of a house fit in a 4 x 30 meters lot, relying on a few illuminated surfaces. From the tiny Japanese and Dutch houses, the architects borrowed ideas to take advantage of the little space in a creative manner. The proposal was to design a conventional space for the stereotype of a middle-class family in São Paulo and turn to integrated spaces and eliminate others considered “mandatory.”
The occupation of the lot was one of the major factors for the development of the project. The search for natural illumination and ventilation conditioned the emphasis on the central garden, cut in the constructed volume in order to create three facades generously bathed in light. United by a footbridge around the garden, two blocks of different sizes organize the functions of the house and require residents to enjoy the green on all displacements. The larger block focuses the living room and kitchen on the ground floor and the bedrooms upstairs; the smaller one contains supporting environments such as service area, office and vertical circulation of the house.
That choice has followed the intention of perverting the limits of the garden with retractable glass doors in order to fully integrate the living room with the external space. At this point, a conceptual crossroad: if the living room is opened onto the garden, the only option for the kitchen was facing the facade.
The tiling panel, of simple design, composes together with the polyurethane resin floor and the aluminum of the box a scenario of great simplicity and whiteness, only broken by the exuberance of the garden, on the one hand, and by the force of the black gable, on the other hand, which protects the interior from being seen from the street, on the opposite side. The obsession for the white color is not purely form, although the search for a simple space was a premise of the start-up: it is, above all, a strategy to reflect light internally, leading it to all points of the house.
The garden also plays a role in the efficiency of the house. In addition to allowing a permeable area superior to the required by law, the grassy area has a Surinam cherry tree and a bright green wall which cool naturally and create a low pressure zone. The air, cooled, crosses the living room toward the kitchen window, renewing the air and assuring appropriate thermal conditions for most of the year. In the winter, the external screen, which protects the facade from the sunset, can be collected so that the sunlight helps to warm the environment.
The volume accommodates two suites, accessible by the expanded mesh footbridge that stops to create generous headroom over the entrance passage. In this linear ‘atrium’ and through the expanded mesh footbridge, there is the notion of continuity of the art panel signed by the artist Fabio Flaks. With an intentional prolongation, this panel is presented to the street and defines the entrance of the house, while a discrete glass slab allows the external observer to catch a glimpse of the continuity of the piece of art, which is offered as part of the urban landscape.
On the box of the bedrooms, a large deck occupies the top floor and creates a new area of enjoyment, framed by a strip of green roof. The solarium provides access for maintenance of air-conditioning and water heating equipment, but is primarily a recreational space that complements the garden on the ground floor. For the couple who lived in an apartment, every square inch outdoors corresponds to a great achievement.
The materials used are as recyclable as the house itself, which can easily be adapted over time or simply disassembled when needed.
Photographs: Fran Parente
The imposing set of cubic volumes overlapping each other creates a striking modern dwellings in the Brazilian town of Londrina. This three level house has been designed by Studio Guilherme Torres for a young couple, in which the architect has dispensed traditional partitions and spaces. The 4,413 square foot (410 square meters) project had to adhere to the conditions of the site, located on a plateau high in the highest point of the land. They designed a large perimeter wall with white plaster that surrounds the entire main floor and delimits the set, in addition to providing privacy. The upper volume is an encased large box of concrete, coated in large part with wood of cumaru, which cantilevers over the street leaving an area shaped trapezoidal and flat where the garden and the swimming pool are located.
The main door leads guests to skirt the pool to enter directly – through giant windows pivoting – a generous central open double height space from which communicates throughout the house. This environment is monopolized by the living area, working as a liaison between the inside and outside, and serves as a connection with the kitchen and dining room. Cleverly located stairs lead to the upper floor, where the bedroom is separated from the central area through glass walls and only the bathroom is protected.
A single room divider rises in the ample space and has been decorated with a fun PAC-man game vinyl.
The kitchen and dining room are integrated into the same space. The back wall has been designed as a niche with racks stuffed into the wall to act as storage. The same color is repeated, just like the furniture, in order to achieve the desired camouflage effect.
The bathroom is located next to the entrance to the top floor, as a continuation of the staircase. Against the warmth of the cumaru wood floor is the basin designed in Carrara marble. Opposite, the spaces that host the shower and toilets have been closed with translucent glass doors.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
Residência Maranhão is an apartment of the 50′s designed by Maurício Arruda architects + designers, located in the district of Moema in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 2,152 square foot (200 square meters) home had never been remodeled and was in desperate need of an update. The premise of the project was to open spaces to give breadth to the property and so almost all the walls were torn down. The reform transformed the apartment into a flexible loft where lightness and casualness to the tone decor that was appropriate to the history of the property and its owners.
In an almost “archaeological”, the architect Mauricio Arruda explored and made apparent the original materials, such as concrete, wood and stone. Thus, it was discovered the original floor of the property ipe, which now contrasts with the apparent cement concrete. The project included a large open area: the living room, dining / billiards, library and home and kitchen. Only two suites, toilet and laundry facilities remain separate. To reflect the lifestyle of clients in the property, Maurice drew a series of layouts ensuring flexibility environments. The style can be noticed in the bedroom where you can have the option of placing the bed on three different walls with sockets and switches within reach.
The home theater also allows it to be used in four different locations, with the creation of several points for installation. Also betting on the versatility of furniture, a pool table in the middle of the room, turns into a dining table.
The contemporary side and sustainable development is emphasized in decor, with the use of parts of the family as Thonet chairs, a vintage sofa, oriental rugs and a library that has been transformed into a cabinet.
Furniture has been designed by Mauricio Arruda, also part of the decor following a request of the couple. Among the pieces of design and architect are: Pallet chair, Swallow table, and Joseph mobile line, in the living room and bedroom. “Maurice gifted us with a contemporary setting, which displays natural materials alongside modern technology equipment. Going home has been the best time of the day, “concludes the owner.
Photos: Victor Affaro
Residence Alameda Campinas is situated in Sao Paulo, Brazil, designed by studio Maurício Arruda. After 10 years living in this small 516 square foot (48 square meters) apartment, the client´s first demand, a 40 year-old bachelor, was not to try to convince him to move to a bigger place. Used to living alone in a reduced size space, and aware of its limitations, the owner asked for a complete transformation of its interior, from layout to finishing, to lightning. The goal was to expand through the unity of both floors of this duplex apartment; the project features a restricted color and material pallet. Among the furniture the sofa, a 1962 Sergio Rodrigues´ Tonico – already owned by the client – was the starting point for the ground floor, influencing the assembly of shapes colors and texture of the projects.
In the upper floor, the caviúna panel, also from the 60´s and owned by the client´s family, covering the wall on the bed´s headrest dictated the usage of light wood and color in the intimate area To invert the often used “wooden floor and white walls” combo, white epoxy painting over the existing ipê floor was used on both floors and the walls were covered by a mix of gray and beige, known in the fashion world as “greyge”, which embraces the sobriety and masculinity of gray with a touch of warmth from the brown tones.
The woodwork from the ground floor has ebonized finishing, both in the living room´s shelves and in the kitchen cabinets. The only exceptions to the black-white-greyge pallet are the kitchen´s floral cement tiles, the Moroccan Berber carpet and the illustrations that compose his Brazilian vintage collection.
To give the feeling of higher ceilings, the walls´ baseboards were removed and the lighting is kept to just a pendant light over the kitchen counter and a ceiling light near the bedroom closets – respectively from the 60´s and 70´s. The rest of the apartment is illuminated at night by built-in lights to the woodwork and by the table lamps by the sofas and bed.
Photos: Fran Parente
Bacopari House has been designed by UNA Arquitetos, located in a neighborhood with abundant forestation in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The flat ground, surrounded by houses and no distant views, is longer than the standard. The project intends to build a large garden that permeates the 5,425 square foot (504 square meters) house and builds the landscape, in continuity with the existing vegetation. The tall trees (pau ferro, with 8 meters height) were brought in the beginning of the works. Parallels concrete walls, with 10 meters away, define the supports of the suspended plans.
At ground level, the idea was to allow transparency from the street to the end of plot. The access is made through a covered square were cars can be parked. The bound is marked by gardens with a reflecting pool, the first patio, which precedes the double-height living room, and the dining room, extending to the terrace. The second courtyard has gardens and swimming pool, for which the playroom is open too.
Stairs connect wine cellar, in the underground, to the upper floor, at the treetops level. On this floor there is a library in a horizontal gallery, which opens onto the patio and the living room.
After the walls concreting, construction is an assembly: the upper labs supported by metallic beams between gables. Facilities are located in accessible shafts in each concrete plan.
All bedrooms have the best insulation, northeast. The succession of open and closed spaces, associated with glass facades, water tanks and dark panels generate series of reflections and transparencies diluting the boundaries between inside and outside.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
This incredibly stunning property called ‘MP Quinta da Baronesa’ is situated in the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil designed by Studio Arthur Casas. The home was designed for a young couple in their mid-30s with two children, five and eight years old. A bright house and a view of the golf camp incorporated into the project are the only requirements from the owners. The architect’s intention was to have the house unnoticed from street perspective, making the rugged topography of the land important.
It’s common in São Paulo to have a house in the city and an extra house, most of the time, in a residential condominium with golf camp, 1 or 2 hours from the city of São Paulo, for higher income families.. These are mostly residences for the weekend and this residence is an example of it. Organic materials were incorporated into the design scheme, such as wood (Cumaru from sustainable handling) and old brick from the demolition. The design of the home features numerous openings with a beautiful view to the golf course, interconnected spaces, generous convenience areas and plenty of comfort.
A true mansion, originally from 1922, with preserved architecture and full of details that reveal a rare magnificence, is the headquarters of the 22nd Edition of Casa Cor Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With very high ceilings and large windows, the beautiful and famous building has been designed in an eclectic style with over 5,400 square meters of constructed area, divided into 52 environments, with about 80 professionals that have demonstrated that it is possible to renew with style, but without deleting the marks of time. The building was once a Boarding School of Nursing Anna Nery (1926 – 1973) and the College Student House (1973 – 1995). Here, past, present and future coexist in harmony. Enjoy the amazing photos of interior design and architecture!
The hotel’s lounge is a a 130 square meters balanced composition between pieces of diverse styles by architect Gisele Taranto. Imperfections were left on the floor, walls and frames as a way to rescue the memory of the mansion. The space also gathers pieces of art selected by curator Mara Fainziliber. Maneco Quinderé did the lighting.
The ceiling received a new structure made of corten steel and polycarbonate below the existing one, creating a semi-transparent layer that allows a partial view of it in its real condition.
Gisele also created a “book wall”, using books as bricks to complete part of a missing wall, making reference to the works of the german Hubertus Gojowczyk.
Lobby/reception. Hot pink walls contrast with the old, original elements of the property, in the environment of architect Pedro Paranaguá. Italian sofa, fitted with low modules and loose, reaffirm the contemporary twist. The Wave of Italian lamp Foscarini, bring movement to the high ceiling, with apparent frame. With organic form, the sculpture of Gabriela Maciel finished off the decor.
SPA Deca. The Tunisian marble floor tilts and turns into a ramp where they were carved lounge chairs and a niche for candles and books. Creativity excelled in architect Miguel Pinto Guimarães Playbook. He also designed a concrete Pergola which looks like a lace, in partnership with the artist Fabian Benicio. Among the decorative objects, Italian pads Lisa Corti and Alice Felzenszwalb ceramics give touches of color along the vertical wall landscaping. Italian lamps Tolomeo, on the sides, focus only the essentials.
Designer’s Studio. The mix between rustic and luxurious materials is the keynote of this space, a loft built by the architects Gabriela Eloy and Carolina Travaglini (1883–1961) for a young woman tied to the universe of fashion.
Jewelry. Divided into lounge and area, the space of Interior designers Mariana Dean, Jason Sartori and Luciana Arnaud pays homage to the fashion designer Coco Chanel and makes reference to her collection of jewelry. Crystal pendant refers to the retro atmosphere that permeates the atmosphere.
Loft + River. The architect Luiz Fernando Grabowsky idealized a space with a mixture of lounge, and office suite, based on a sophisticated and versatile dweller. The stacking bookcase modules of different sizes and finishes (mimics the wood), in the background, and the shiny lacquer orange and navy blue.
Kitchen. Orange and off-white were the choices of architects Lia Lamego and Fernanda Mancini to color the four corners of the kitchen. The project design was based on practicality. Porcelain flooring rustic texture coating won, in contrast to the softness of the glass countertop, in the same tone. A cutout in the ceiling gives lighting.
Reading room. The soft sofa by Sergio Rodrigues, is paired with the model of straight lines created by Lena Machado. They make up the elegant living drafted by the duo of architects Cristina Bezamat and Laura Bezamat.
Interactive room. Reuse was the watchword for Tiana Meggiolaro and Bia Lynch who set up the room with brick walls left exposed. “Based on the concept of upcycling and demos new function was given to the pallets, wooden structures used in freight transport that became bookshelf and countertop,” says Tiana.
Public bathroom. A dress with promotional stickers on the door leaves no doubt: the space is for women. But the architect was Adenowo Ketlein plus and extra effort in other women: walls with paper printed with rose petals and a showy red bench. In lighting, the trough with cold light, clipped on the ceiling, help in the retouching of makeup.
Foyer of Brigadier. As they could not interfere in the architecture of the house, architects Carolina Ladder and Patricia Landau created a Pergola of iron blue that announces the entrance to the shop of Brigadier. Attached to this structure, is a canvas blue pendant armchair. To taste the sweets of Fabiana D ‘ Ângelo, round wooden tables surrounded by classical Platner chairs were lined with citrus-green tone twill.
Situated about an hour from São Paulo, Brazil, Casa Itu has been designed by architecture firm Studio Arthur Casas as a refuge for a young couple with children. A prime position on the banks of a small lake and the presence of a large yellow Ipe tree has led the architects to create a house that takes maximum advantage of the landscape.
The floor plan is an L shape which divides the house in a simple way: the main volume contains the children´s room in the ground floor, a courtyard next to the home theater forms an intimate living room, a large living room opens onto the terrace and garden, erasing the boundaries between inside and outside. Above this volume are situated the master suite and a
gym. In the secondary volume are the dining room, kitchen and the service areas. On the first floor of this volume are the guest rooms.
The house is marked by horizontality and fluidity between the spaces. The entry is made at the point where the two volumes converge; a low-ceiling guides the look to the external landscape. On one side the stone floor of the dining room goes towards the terrace, gradually merging into the garden.
The living room is at a slightly lower level and has a higher ceiling. A tree trunk dominates this space, covering the single column present in the room. The windows slide completely and are hidden inside the walls, bringing the terrace and landscape into the house.
The wood floor and ceiling give a warm and domestic aspect to that space that is merged with nature. A second terrace room was created under the pergola in continuity with the living room.
The old Yellow Ipe tree was preserved and merges with the architecture; a staircase was created aligned with that tree to connect the deck with the first floor. Several pathways are possible between inside and outside, being one of the most strong characteristics of the plan.
The whole side of the volume is dominated by a large wooden deck and a swimming lane, integrated with the landscape by rocks that penetrate the pool.
Covered in cumaru wood and painted with a color that uses the local earth, even though it contains a large volume the house holds a discrete insertion in the landscape, its strong horizontality in dialogue with the tree canopies that surround the site.
With each new project contemporary architecture is forced to optimize spaces and use the maximum of each square meter of the site. V4 House, designed by Studio MK27 is a rare anti-example. Its occupation of the land is very far from the maximum coefficient. Laws allow for much larger constructions. The solution adopted, however, dialogues with the dimension of the site, formulating an adequate relation between the scale of the construction and the site. Contrary to the surrounding houses, a garden neighborhood of São Paulo, Brazil, V4 House is a ground floor and almost disappears when seen from the street.
The living room, positioned at the front of the house, is under a delicate beam of exposed concrete. Two rows of door frames, on both sides of the living room, can be completely retracted, constituting total integration between the front garden, the living room and the back patio. The living room, in this case, shelters from rain and sun, like a large veranda. And, under the beam, in one of the extremities, there is an open kitchen. On the ceiling of this volume, a large deck is an empty space that functions as a solarium. This terrace makes almost the entire project like a garden.
The concrete beam appearing from the wooden box, houses the two rooms that face the patio. In the wooden box from where the concrete beam appears, are the two rooms that face the patio.
The wooded shaded area enables to control the inner temperature and, simultaneously, offers privacy to the environments.
The bathroom of the master bathroom faces a small garden, removed from the rest of the house.
The program for the client’s needs and the dimensions of the site made it possible to do an unusual project: an urban ground-floor house. The house ends up, therefore, being very delicately inserted with the surroundings.
Photos: Courtesy of Studio MK27
Nestled in the urban city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Maracanã House is a breath of fresh air designed by architecture studio Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. This 1,991 square foot (185 square meters) contemporary home has a unique geometry, opaque in grayish materiality, clear in glass surfaces or vibrant on the access mural, showcasing its presence like a new event around the bucolic surroundings, where curious people wonder about this new construction. Its discordant geometry in relation to the traditional houses of the neighborhood surprises upon the moment of arrival.
More than a space, its levels gradually form a path through which outside and inside merge in a proper and continuous shape. The house discovers new possibilities to the limitations of the scanty plot, whose complexity exceeds horizontal and vertical routes which invariably leads to a new spacial experience, capable to reveal singularities of the district’s geography.
“Entering the house doesn’t mean to set apart the city, which leads us to it or to close off a disconnected universe. Its access has to be discovered from behind the ceramics mural painted in black, white and red compositions. Entering the house means, simply to transpose a succession of spaces, now narrow, now lightened, now shady, which leads us always to new experiences.”
“The house’s arrival happens from the emptiness, which is a viewpoint to the living space and also an identification area of its functional sections: social and services below, intimate above. Like the city streets, the lights between their spaces enlighten in every direction, through big glass openings which sets against the solidity of the concrete materiality which it is built.”
Photos: Pedro Kok