Simple and Sleek in Sao Paulo – Piracicaba House
Isay Weinfeld Architects, a major Sao Paulo-based design practice is one of the leading names on the Brazilian contemporary house designs scene. Their 2010 project, the Piracicaba House, fully explains why this is the case, in spectacular visual form. The two-story home was named after the city in Sao Paulo state where it is located, 250 kilometers away from the bustling exotic metropolis. The awesome thing about this design is that it doesn’t matter where you’re standing and looking at it. Whichever your vantage point, you will witness spectacularly simple volumes that, with the aid of intelligent lighting and clever volumetrics, will take your breath away. For this project, the owners purchased a 2,000 square-meter plot (21,500 square feet) in a private condominium complex, which they merged together in one parcel. The plot now features gentle slopes covered in emerald green lawns, perfectly landscaped. To the rear of the plot, the yard opens up to a superb azure pool, graced by a lounge area on a wooden deck. When you first look at this area, you will literally wonder where indoors begins and outdoors ends.
And since contemporary house designs are all about an element of surprise, the home also features picture windows in various sizes on the top floor, which help cleverly frame the tranquil landscape from inside. The furniture is characterized by a comfortable feel with a classical, leisurely tinge. This is also part of the commissioners’ program, as they wanted a home that could serve “as a meeting point for a family whose members are scattered across various cities around the state”. The sleek volumes of the home seem to closely follow the gently curved contours of the plot, in a move that helps the residence blend seamlessly into the green landscape. For maximal use of sunlight to the private area of the bedrooms, the home was designed to face North, with the night areas oriented toward the opposing direction.