The Mirante do Horto Home situated in Sao Paolo, Brazil was designed by FC Studio as a large concrete cube, consisting of levels of living, capped off by a roof leading garden and supported on two big yellow I beams with a garage beneath. The cube is private on its sides but open on the ends due to widespread practice of neighbours to develop right up to the edge of their property lines. The home was made by the architects to be a succession of 3 8xll meter layers with a concrete stairwell connecting all 3 to the rooftop garden. At the back of the property a second outdoor space is developed with a sunken terrace featuring an outside kitchen location. Windows between the principal living region and the terrace let natural light to flood into the garage beneath.
The garage is accessed from the front of the house via a steep driveway and a steel sliding garage door that runs just under a single of the two yellow I beams. A gap in between the concrete cube and the concrete privacy wall permit natural light down and into the garage fro the side although the terrace garden windows lets light in from the back.
The garage gate consists of metal louvers for air flow and safety.
The yellow I beams rest on concrete columns and develop a colourful display of exposed contemporary building.
The mixture of the concrete floors, walls and ceiling with the powder coated yellow I beam and the louvered metal doors creates a geometry of shapes that is both cheerful and fluid although the architects interest to light exposure keeps the space bright and light.
Concrete stairs zigzag from the garage all the way up to the rooftop garden.
The rooftop garden offers a spectacular view more than the city of San Palo and also contributes a cooling impact to the area quickly under. The sculptural elements that protrude vertically from the roof hide the access point as properly as the water tank.
Inside the residence on the social level, the cube is broken into an L shape with the kitchen tucked into the 4th quadrant. The space is flooded with all-natural light by a ceiling void that goes all the way up to and via the roof by means of a large rectangular skylight.
Surrounding the ceiling void on the second level is a mezzanine wrapped in a black powder coated steel railing. The shapes within the railing play off of the steel mullions operating via the skylight itself.
The mezzanine hall is wide enough to accommodate seating for a view to the floor beneath. Really like the geometric art on the wall created by steel rectangles in a layered pattern of massive to modest to big once more as though disappearing into the horizon in an abstract point of view. The art is as well complimentary to the other steel moments of the house for it to be a coincidence. Somebody has an superb eye for detail!
the living location to the property is filled with a lot more artistic moments, but the crème de la crème of the space is the huge fish tank along the far wall. Huge in scale but balanced by the massive console it sits on as well as by the large red painting on the wall, the fish tank provides each a splash of nature and a prismatic light show across the floor as sunlight passes by way of the water.
The fish tank, even though featured in the living region, is also prominent to the dining location, in truth the large red painting subsequent to the tank is centred on the dining area wall. The dining table projects out from the wall towards the kitchen and despite the fact that the kitchen is separated from the living location by a wall, it has a clear view of the fish tank.
The kitchen is created in a U shape with the stove on the peninsula overlooking the dining location. With such a prominent spot, the architects chose a lovely and curvaceous stove hood to act as each utilitarian ventilation and functional sculpture.
The wall of glazings subsequent to the dining room opens to the terrace 4 steps down.
The terrace functions a glass covered outside kitchen complete with BBQ and wood fuelled pizza oven. The space between the terrace and the social zone is fitted with windows to permit light in to the garage below. A strip of pebbles in between the concrete terrace and the garage windows permits rain water to easily drain away.
The clever design of the second floor windows and concrete panel creates a geometric pattern that is visually intriguing although at the identical time supplying each light and privacy to the bedrooms inside.
There is also outdoor access on the other side of the social volume by implies of a sliding door. Just previous the door is a modest balcony above the garage, overlooking the street.
Photography by Nelson Kon