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magnificent surroundings, which
include mountains covered by tropical
vegetation. “As a colonial-style house,
like the others in the neighborhood, its
windows and doors that faced the exteriors
were relatively small,” says Gisele.
“Nowadays, it seems the neighborhood is
being renovated to make the most of the
surrounds, and in turn it’s transforming
the area into a high-standard place.”
The main entrance was converted
into an art gallery to house the clients’
important national and international art
collection. Its double height is an organic
translation from the lofty 2.2x6.2m-high
wooden door to the exterior, one of the
most striking elements of the house. “The
main connection to the higher floors
is now located closer to the kitchen in
a more discrete area,” explains Gisele.
“These stairs are a corten steel structure
that is exposed from the lower side and
covered with gray limestone (Baiteg Blue)
above, and bathed in direct light from a
glass ceiling, which gives it a sensation of
floating in the air.”
Corten steel was also used as a wall
treatment in the ground floor restroom,
where small doors were designed to create
an austere but playful accent and provide a
display for smaller art pieces.
The materials palette offers a preva lence
of all-natural text ures: marble and wood,
lavish textiles and ample glazed surfaces.
White walls and dark brown aluminium-
framed windows pair with Baiteg Blue
limestone in almost all the spaces, with the
exception for the first floor, where local
07 The subtle surface textures and materials showcase the art
and the mid-century modernist vibe of the furnishings.
08 A blend of Italian and Brazilian furniture by Casual Interiores
and CAP Marcenaria highlight the beauty of wood and textiles
with a raw and natural style in the master bedroom.
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