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While the stucture is striking in its
design and visual strength, it’s the lifestyle
potential of the ground level that is most
exciting. Here, true to the architectural
firm’s philosophy, is a true indoor-outdoor
useable space where there’s not so much an
‘outdoor room’, but a holistic ground-level
multi-purpose zone meeting myriad
lifestyle needs and desires.
The living room has been separated from
the kitchen, which is behind the wall of the
dining zone, to instead be a cosy lounge
space that can be opened up to the outdoors
when weather permits. Large, glass sliding
doors recess back into weathered steel
panels, giving a seamless flow.
Meanwhile, the ‘verandah’ is a space that
opens to the garden, plus acts as another
living room and television room, and is
connected to the main indoor kitchen.
“It is a big house for a big family, and the
challenge was to keep it cosy,” explains
Mariana. From concept to the family of six
moving in, the house took two-and-a-half
years to build – one year for the design to be
sorted and one-and-a-half to construct.
That ‘cosy’ brief has certainly been
achieved thanks not only to a clever use of
building materials, but also the choices in
interior furniture and furnishings.
“We like the texture and the feeling of
these natural materials – concrete, stone,
wood, glass and weathering steel – mixed
with high-end technological aluminium
window frames,” says Mariana. “I think
the fact of the project being extremely
detailed makes all the materials come
together in a soft way.”
Adding to this ‘softness’ is the wood
panelling that acts not only as a warm touch
to the predominently stong, cold building
materials, but also serves to shade the indoors,
without stopping cross-ventilation.
The panels are made from freijó wood,
which will turn grey as it ages, but will be
sanded and glazed every two or three years.
It comes as no surprise that Mariana
points to the terrace and the swimming pool
as Marcio Kogan’s favourite design elements
of the house. The integrated look and feel of
these thanks to the use of the pavilions and
the concrete paving, which mirrors the
main structure of the home, is inspiring.
And the green of the pool not only adds a
shot of colour to the concrete surrounds, but
also gives the pool the look of a ‘lake’.
Demolition wood has been used as
flooring throught the interior, and plush
floor rugs in natural colours are dotted about
the indoor spaces. This mix of furniture and
furnishings all helps to bring about that
requested cosy feel.
“The ethnic-style objects were part of
the family’s collection,” explains Mariana.
“It was incoporated into a more modernist
classic style.” She lists Decameron Marcus
Ferreira-designed sofas, Gervasoni chairs
and Tom Dixon lighting among those more
contemporary pieces. “You quickly feel
comfortable in this house,” says Mariana.
And it’s easy to see why. I
“It is extremely important that the house has
abundant natural light and cross-ventilation”
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