YTA architects: KR residence’s geometric yellow ribbon
all images courtesy of YTA
the internal spaces of this residential home by brazilian firm YTA, are wrapped in a bright yellow ribbon, that ties the rooms together. the compact house was designed for a young couple and is located in ribeirão preto, in the state of são paulo. a metallic structure with a neutral canvas of whites and greys helps the colorful geometric feature stand out. upon entering the building, the ribbon spreads throughout the hall and staircase, folding down to the double-height living area and across the integrated kitchen and veranda. the meandering shape also acts as a railing and helps form the upstairs desk space running along the hallway.
connecting the interior with the natural world outside, large glazed doors and windows flood the open spaces with light and increase air circulation. the geographical location provides abundant sunlight and heat throughout the year, so environmentally efficient design principles were incorporated into the structure’s function. the installation of water-heating solar panels spread across the roof, and a drainage system that collects and reuses rain-water for automated irrigation help generate the building’s energy. following the topography of the site, the home makes use of its natural terrain with different stepped levels allowing for shorter staircases and a more discreet facade at street level. tying contemporary and traditional materials together with exposed metal, brick and concrete left in their natural state, gives an earthy and raw edge to the interior.
yellow ribbon tying upper and lower rooms
entrance door / traditional elements such as portuguese mosaic pavement and cobogó concrete blocks
bedroom hallway and double-height living area with glazed wall and ceiling around an internal tree
entrance hall and staircase and staircase detail
integrated tv and music rooms, with private garden, a retracting door separates rooms
the bedroom hallway with office-desks along the edge
guest bedrooms’ shared bathroom
guest-bathroom detail with garden on roof outside
external pond and hydraulic mosaic