jacobsen arquitetura has completed ‘GAF house’, an L-shaped property clad with alternating timber panels that ensures privacy for a couple and their three children. located in são paulo, brazil, the dwelling’s living spaces on the ground floor remain open to a secluded yet spacious garden that captures sunlight throughout the day. the residence, photographed here by fernando guerra, also includes a square pool that reinforces the project’s strong geometry.

all images by fernando guerra



jacobsen arquitetura was tasked with creating a house that maximized its available footprint, with an internal program based on clear compartmentalization. consequently, the garage and service areas are situated underground, with living accommodation above at grade level. the uppermost storey contains the bedrooms, a family room, and an office.

living spaces at ground level remain open to a secluded garden



at the front of the house, facing the road, the upper floor is set back to avoid a large two-storey façade facing the street. here, a covered pergola, which doubles as a porte-cochere for cars entering the garage, leads to the entrance. the upper storey is completely enveloped with a wooden skin of mobile and fixed panels structured within metallic frames. as well as lending the scheme a distinctive appearance, these panels ensure privacy, natural light, and ventilation.

the spacious lounge overlooks the private garden and pool

jacobsen arquitetura is also responsible for the home’s interiors

the upper storey is completely enveloped with a wooden skin of mobile and fixed panels

a private office is included as part of the program

views are provided to the living accommodation below

the entrance at ground level

a wide stairway leads towards the rotating front door

the upper floor is set back to avoid a large two-storey façade facing the street

a square pool reinforces the project’s strong geometry

an aerial view of the secluded garden and swimming pool

the wooden panels ensure privacy, natural light, and ventilation

‘GAF house’ has been designed to maximize its available footprint



project info:


name: GAF house
location: são paulo, brazil
office: jacobsen arquitetura
authors: paulo jacobsen and bernardo jacobsen
team: edgar murata, marcelo vessoni, jaime cunha jr., christian rojas, henrique vetro, maya leal
interior design: jacobsen arquitetura
author: tatiana kamogawa
team: mariana ferretti


site area: 1,398 sqm
built area: 1,660 sqm
started: 2007
completed: 2016


landscape design: bonsai paisagismo
lighting design: maneco quinderé
automation project: roberto molnar
facilities: grau engenharia
air conditioning: grau engenharia
structure: leão e associados
security: vision sec
wooden windows: oficina de marcenaria
aluminum windows: snaldi
construction: alle engenharia
photography: fernando guerra













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