Built on a walled-off plot of land in Brazil’;s biggest city, São Paulo, this elegantly modern loved ones property is an engaging and warm place to live. With all glass walls, the project by StudioMK27 faced considerable privacy challenges in its design. Considering that the second story is visible from outdoors the homeowners’; property, a solution had to be reached which protected their privacy even though also allowing them an unobstructed view if they so chose. The result is a second story covered with wooden shutters, which can be folded sideways to open up the rooms to the sun. When closed, the shutters give the upper floor’;s bedrooms a secluded, subdued atmosphere by filtering the light which passes via.
Though the home is really focused on views of its serene lawn and gardens, most of its living spaces are inside of the walls. Only a single concrete patio at a single end serves as a communal space for evenings by the fire, and even that is an extension of the dwelling’;s indoor living space. This lack of exterior diversification contributes partially to the smooth, minimal theme of the building’;s exterior, helped additional by the massive size of its glass walls and the slenderness of the slats of wood lining the second floor. The ceilings inside are pretty low for a contemporary design and style, putting a focus on bringing regions with each other rather of broadening the gaps among them. Constructed-in furniture and interior walls are all completed in dark-stained wood, aiding the intimate ambiance inside.
The residence has one particular major outdoor living space, a first-floor extension to its living room which includes a floating fireplace and a covered patio location for relaxation in the shade.
Both stories of the extended property technically have clear glass walls, but its upper portion (which occupies vertical space above the property walls) utilizes a program of slatted wood siding in addition to its glass structure to preserve the integrity of the private rooms it consists of.
3 concrete slabs offer barriers amongst every single level of the property, as nicely as extending previous its walls to type walkways and overhangs. The bottom two slabs, at ground level and between the two floors, are longer than the best 1, with extra length added to shape the deck.
Large portions of the living room’;s windows slide to the side to allow unhindered access to its outdoor counterpart, even though the help columns for the structure above continue to adhere to the spacing noticed inside. The two spaces are joined practically seamlessly on days when outdoor living is attainable.
Much more sliding openings seem all over the sides of the residence, even on the second story. They lead out to the lawn, to pathways and decks, or just offer fresh air.
The rear edge of the residence is set close to the back wall of its property, exactly where a line of two-story trees is planted to preserve the privacy of those inside its glass walls.
At the edge opposite the deck, the second story’;s wood cladding wraps all the way about the constructing and a line of untamed plant life in the yard delimits the surrounding house.
Each the bottom and top floor make great use of their concrete overhangs, which cast hassle-free shadows throughout the day to preserve the direct glare of the sun out whilst permitting indirect light to fill every single space.
In its most common position, the wood siding types a entirely flat facade on the top floor reminiscent of the smooth glass finish on the bottom. Even so, the wood can be folded aside to bring light in, generating creases in the shape of the home.
The home’;s principal entrance is in the center of the initial floor, though a simple glance at the smooth facade of the structure may possibly not recommend that outright. To make clear where the front door is, a stone pathway leads visitors to the opening.
From the front, the home appears impossibly extended due to its largely horizontal architectural lines. Even though the structure is only marginally wider than that of any typical huge suburban home, the clean contemporary style and concrete level barriers enhance its spread-out appear.
By night, it becomes clear that the wooden siding on the leading floor is not completely strong or without having spaces. As an alternative, it is truly a shell of folding outside shutters about glass inner walls just like these on the bottom floor.
As the evening falls, the accent lighting around the dwelling efficiently shows off plant life at its perimiter, as properly as the social deck at the living room’;s edge.
Across from the fireplace’;s smokestack, a modest stand of palm trees pokes up through a practically identical hole in the concrete ceiling, bringing nature into the architecture of the home.
Even though light streams out from the rooms of both floors, only the bottom level actually reveals the activities inside. Considering that the upper floor is a lot much more most likely to be noticed from afar, its slatted siding keeps the interior protected.
Although the bottom-floor rooms of the abode are all completely visible by night through its glass walls, most of the principal spaces are positioned along the most isolated edge of the constructing, with a massive yard in front of it instead of one more residence. At the rear, the trees seen earlier aid to preserve out prying eyes.
A minimal, elegantly utilitarian set of steps at the home’;s rear is the only passageway between levels, tucked away so that bedrooms will be adequately out of sight and mind if the home owners host guests.
Even although there is small but transition space here at the rear, 1 of the window panels nonetheless slides away to offer simple access to and from this portion of the lot if need to have be. The best edge of concrete surfaces used to break up the property vertically are smoothed and polished for walking and living on.
A tall wall at the rear of the house properly blocks the view inward, eliminating the need to have for one more stand of trees to maintain the abode private.
The flooring inside occurs in two distinct sections, with an outer ring of concrete framing its metal support columns and an inner section of wood to warm up the indoor environment and give definition to every single space. The concrete section of the flooring also conveniently forms hallways placed along the outer wall of the creating on its reduced level.
The living space and dining room share an architectural space in the house, with the former of the two separated further by an area rug. The space is wide and spacious, filled with sufficient seating for more than a dozen folks and storage for hundreds of books in its entertainment center.
Along the rear edge of the house, the back of the entertainment center forms the structure of an workplace space, complete with a expert personal computer desk and lots of bookshelves. This workplace has a sliding door of its personal, permitting fresh natural breezes into the workplace.
From straight on, the methods upstairs disappear to the eye, allowing direct sight via the developing from front to back. Wooden walls along the bottom floor major to the staircase start off the transition to the darker, significantly less outdoor-oriented upper floor.
The master bedroom is huge, yet kept personal and warm by the sun-scattering wood siding along its walls. At the front of the space across from its bed, two glass wall panels can be retracted, permitting residents to move the wooden shutters aside and bring in light and air from outdoors.
This movable siding offers a staggeringly easy however artistically executed solution to retain the possible serenity and security of the house’;s bedrooms while also maintaining the practicality troubles of a purely glass-sided residence in mind.