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Sumaré House, São Paulo, Brazil

Monday 01 Dec 2008

Work, rest, play, live

copyright: Nelson Kon 
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New São Paulo residence for a graphic designer 

Sumaré house is located in São Paulo, and was designed for a graphic designer. The client wanted a spacious house, where she could work, exercise, entertain friends and, of course, live in.

The plot is not a small one (700 m2), but due to construction (height) restriction laws, the building should not exceed 2 floors, and an underground floor was necessary. There, the architects placed the caretaker's quarters and the office – as both areas open onto small but nice lawns, one does not feel like being underground at all.

On the middle floor, a few steps above street level, there are the sitting and dining rooms, the kitchen and a larger lawn. In the living room, we designed a long étagère so the owner could display her collection, ranging from works of art to design and vintage objects. On the upper floor, there are the bedrooms – hers and a guest's – and the 'facilities' for physical exercising: ballet and swimming.

As this is a space she meant for mainly private use, she liked the architects' suggestion of having it by her bedroom, enclosed only by a screen of pre-cast concrete blocks, through which she would be able to see the city skyline far away. Above all, on the uppermost level, there is a wood-decked outdoors entertaining area, perfect for a get together, by day or by night.

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Isay Weinfeild Architects

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