são paulo-based practice una arquitetos has just shared images of its ‘house in sao bento do sapucai,’ a single family residence on a gentle sloping site in brazil. the ground level is characterized by a concrete shear wall construction that wraps around forming an almost closed circle around a courtyard. transparent vertical planes of glazing allow views through the living and dining rooms and kitchen shaded by the horizontal roof plane and separated by parallel vertical partitions.
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the other end of the residence is embedded into the hillside and contains a lineal organization of program including storage, bathroom, and a staircase to the rooftop deck. a wooden rectangular volume is supported perpendicularly to the foundation structure, elevated off the roof terrace to house the private bedrooms with several apertures extending views to the landscape. the supporting structure for the elevated mass is kept on the outside of the roof, leaving the interior free of imposing beams. the overlapping of forms displays a dynamic relationship between spaces that fluidly circulate into one another.
stacking of contrasting volumes
internal courtyard space
small terrace in the bedroom volume
floor plan / level 0
floor plan / level +1
floor plan / level +2
location: sao bento do sapucai, sao paulo, brazil
design team: cristiane muniz, fábio valentim, fernanda barbara, fernando viégas
collaborators: bruno gondo, carolina klocker, eduardo martorelli, igor cortinove, marta onofre, pedro freire, roberto galvão