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atural stone, wood, concrete, glass and weathering steel come together in this Sao
Paulo home, a jaw-droppingly beautiful, holistic homage to Brazilian architect
Marcio Kogan’s indoor-outdoor design philosophy. “Exteriors and interiors are
the same to us,” explains Mariana Simas, one of the architects behind the design.
“We are the interior designers of 99 per cent of our own projects, we don’t think of it as
another thing. Regarding landscape design, we work closely with them.”
The benefit of this way of working is obvious – a resolved, balanced visual has evolved.
Strong surfaces are softened through the use of texture – woodgrain and natural stone – plus,
the green of the pool and moments of garden greenery bring a laidback feel to the property.
“The owners wanted a cosy family house where they could gather all their friends on a
sunny afternoon and have a barbecue by the pool,” says Mariana. Equally as important in the
brief was the desire for an undercover, external area that the family could use on a daily
basis. The architects looked back into Brazilian culture to meet the request. According to
them, Brazilian architecture dating back to colonial times has always incorporated a
verandah – a covered linear space in the front of the living room and bedrooms.
However, what has evolved is less looking back and more reaching forward. Two pavilions
cross to create and incorporate a ‘verandah’ into the overall house design in a dynamic execution
that, on a practical level, ensures the outdoor area can be used on warm and cold days.
The main indoor living space, with walk-through kitchen, is housed in one pavilion at ground
level, with a separate building behind it where an office and gym are located. The second
pavilion, which crosses over the first, contains bedrooms, while a multi-purpose space and
deck sit above on the third level. Modern pillars hold up the structure, giving the home a
sense of lightness, and grass on the roof of the ground pavilion softens the view from the top.
The roof level of the living room was defined by the structure,
but hasbeen used to accentuate a cosy interior space. Meanwhile,
the ‘verandah’ ceiling height is higher, helping to open it even
more to the outdoors. All materials, plus the garden and pool
colour, work to lighten the strength of the structure and integrate
the zones. ABOVE RIGHT Architect Gabriel Kogan, Marcio’s
son, inspects the firm’s work.
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