Look closely at the Sumare House, designed by Isay Weinfeld Arquitectos, on the east side of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Can you tell who lives inside this 700-square-foot two-story cozy, chic retreat? Someone who loves open spaces, for sure. Both the two levels above ground, as well as the underground staff rooms open up into an impeccably landscaped green lawn. It’s an urban estate, yet carefully fenced for privacy. The exterior is bold, in post-industrial concrete, a grilled surface and lemon-yellow. The light inside is discrete and atmospheric. There is a spiraling, pitch red exterior staircase, as if in a playful touch. Inside, an azure pool provides ample space for leisure, relaxation and fitness. There is a dance room for ballet routines. Entertainment areas stand next to two bedrooms and other functional residential spaces. The home owner’s bedroom is enclosed solely by a screen of pre-cast concrete wall, for this is a person who loves to gaze in the distance, fully taking in the cityscape and its skyline. There is a creative studio on the underground level and a terrace up top, with a deck perfect for outdoor parties. And the most important clue, standing boldly in the living room. A seemingly endless étagère filled with the creations, vintage finds and collections of a clever, active graphic designer, who knew exactly what she wanted from her home and found the perfect team to design it.
With this residential project, Isay Weinfield Arquitectos created a “spacious house, where [the designer] could work, exercise, entertain friends and, of course, live in.” At once urban, personal, shielded and playful, the home is the perfect illustration of creativity-meets-function, against an active inner city backdrop.