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July 9th, 2013 – A short drive toward the coast from São Paulo’s bustling concrete jungle, is Paulista Coast – a quintessential tropical paradise. Here, the seemingly endless stretch of a white sanded beach, crystal blue waters, tiny nearby islands to hop around on, and a handful of contempo-tropical holiday homes are what make this South Atlantic destination a wonderfully indolent getaway. The latest of tropical homes to grace the Paulista Coast is Recidencia MC, designed by the São Paulo-based architects at Jacobsen Arquitetura.
The stunning 13,000 square foot, three-tiered home is situated on a half acre plot of land directly on the Paulista shoreline, with a neighboring home visible on one side.
With privacy being one of the main issues for the owners, Principal architect Paulo Jacobsen implemented a U-shaped design, which created an exterior courtyard and an indoor garden that have direct views of the beach. This architectural layout allows a connection of internal and external social areas.
In addition to implementing a U-shaped design layout, Jacobsen developed a perforated wood paneling system that outfits the exterior of the home – helping to maintain privacy, but allows ventilation and natural lighting to filter in. On the second floor, the perforated panels slide open to intersect the interior of the home with the refreshing outside scenery of the Paulista Coast – with a glass railing functioning as a visually silent barrier. On the inside of the U-shape, the homeowners can enjoy their privacy while still embracing the openness of the home and its tropical surroundings. Walls retract and the windows open at the spaces that are located on the inside of the “U”. The kitchen and the grand living room become fully exposed to the courtyard and neighboring ocean.
An important aim of the project was to work with local elements and traditional building techniques to maintain the home’s authenticity to its location. In addition to the open kitchen, awe-inspiring living rooms, indoor garden, and home theater, a contemporary spa was built on the lower level of the home. Here, a sauna, pool, and sleek wood lounging area team up to create a secluded and tranquil spot for the vacationers. A true home away from home.
Many architects attempt to integrate nature into their structures, some fall short of this idea, while others succeed. Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has mastered the marriage of nature and architecture in the Casa Grecia, where an Eco-system of 1,900 square meters of plants exist within the Sao Paulo home.
The Grecia is located on a large corner plot of land with plenty of natural vegetation. Upon approach, the full scale of the house is hidden, instead, the only visible portion of the home is a short concrete structure with a vibrant yellow door. A green Ivy plant climbs up the concrete, giving visitors a little foreshadowing of the plant life inside.
Four connecting structural blocks make up the actual property. The blocks are covered with pebble-blasted concrete plaques at the sleeping quarters, exposed concrete at the office, wood planks at the entertaining areas, and sand-blasted concrete plaques at the dining areas.
The owners of the home wanted to spend lots of quality time with their family and friends within the gates of the property, therefore, they desired various entertaining areas and grand dining spaces for large family style meals. A cozy cinema room, large children’s playroom, a sauna, an underground gym, and a long swimming pool, are some of the features Weinfeld designed to fit the needs of his client.
The elegance of the stunning wood terrace which is met with a lush green lawn is reason enough to order a celebration. The patio is filled with intimate conversation areas which include hand crafted chairs by local artisans, high and low wood tables, and a frame-less glass wall which opens up to expose the meticulously designed grand living room.
Inside, the choices of contemporary chic furniture pieces fit perfectly together. A tree trunk turned coffee table in the living room is an unexpected yet refreshing complement to the minimalistic tufted leather sofa and polished stone end tables. An assortment of vintage trinkets are packed into the floor-to-ceiling shelving unit and warm light glows out from the cream colored glass blown ceiling fixtures.
The location of the house is defined by massive trees that have existed on the plot of land for ages. These trees became an important part of the concept, Weinfeld decided to build small patios and gardens around them. This opportunity to incorporate the old trees and plant life into new architecture became a driving force in the design.
Weinfeld created “pocket” like areas within the home, where the large trees became preserved by the architecture. At one point in the home, a tree and rocks surrounded by glass windows can be seen reaching though the ceiling.
Another similar moment happens when an entire indoor garden of small palm trees and shrubbery bask in sun under a series of square and rectangular skylights. The inclusion of the plants assist in keeping temperatures cool and creates an authentic feeling throughout the home.
The site has a large natural slope which could have been easily eliminated, but Weinfeld ended up using the slope to his benefit and created a pool below street level, which leaves it protected from prying eyes.
The owner of the home has an antique car collection which was in need of proper display and preservation. In respect to his clients passion, Weinfeld created a pebble driveway which leads to a stark white museum-like garage, where the vintage automobiles are protected and displayed behind tempered crystal clear glass.
(Photographs: FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura | architectural photography)
The owners of this beachside villa on the coast of São Paulo went to extreme measures to avoid getting gophers in their pristine manicured lawn. They held their grass to a higher standard (literally!), covering their roof in a lush lawn that mirrors the greenery and natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Renowned architect Arthur Casas is behind the seaside escape, and we should mention that there’s not one, but four condominiums. Eco-friendly design elements were considered, notably green roofs, open spans that promote cross ventilation and certified wood finishes and local materials. Every room within the dwellings face the sea, enclosed in gargantuan glass frames and swathed in neutral, earthy tones, the environment mixing with the outside area and becoming a true extension of the beach.
(Photography: iñigo bujedo aguirre)
One of the most recent residential projects by architect Isay Weinfeld is the Casa Yucatan. Weinfeld has a signature look throughout his projects of infusing nature with architecture. This concept is manifested in multiple ways such as Weinfeld’s choice of materials, wood and stone, and his ability to incorporate several species of plants and water features within the residence.
Casa Yucatan is located in Sao Paulo. The home is a finely-tuned mix of modern elements and warmth. The juxtaposition of planked wood ceilings, warm lighting, and comfortable furniture add to the homey and natural atmosphere. The Yucatan features 3 dining rooms (one casual, one formal, and one outdoors), a large living room, a library with a sofa sunken into the floor, a yoga/meditation space, and a long swimming pool!
(Photography Credits: FG + SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura)