House 53

São Paulo / Brazil / 2009

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The House 53 volumetry was defined following São Paulo city building laws and the site’s peculiar shape, which is just over 10 meters in front and approximately 30 meters in length. According to the legislation one can build in the neighborhood up to a two-floor building, settled upon the site’s lateral limits. A third floor is allowed as long as the lateral setbacks are respected. The house was conceived as a wood and mortar monolithic block with another concrete and glass volume upon it. Due to the ground’s small front and volumetry, the box’s two edges had to make the most of light’s entrance, which explains the large windows. It was also desirable that these windows would make it possible to darken the internal environment whenever needed. The house’s inferior volume, which comprises the living room on the first floor, and the bedrooms on the second floor, is a glass box with wooden brises that open as folding doors. The rooms’ front and back facades were designed to be completely closed or opened. From the outside, when the brises (and the front wall, which follows the same language) are closed, it´s impossible to distinguish the openings, and all wooden surfaces make up a pure single volume, without bumps. When these brises are opened, the house looks like a large wood folding. [IT] La casa è stata concepita come un blocco in legno monolitico, con un sovrastante volume di calcestruzzo e vetro. A causa della scarsa superficie a disposizione, i due lati della “scatola” hanno grandi finestre per consentire una maggiore illuminazione degli spazi interni. Il volume più piccolo della casa, che comprende il salone al primo piano e le camere da letto al secondo, è una scatola di vetro con frangisole in legno che si aprono come porte pieghevoli. Le facciate anteriori e posteriori delle camere sono state progettate per essere completamente chiuse o completamente aperte. Guardando dall’esterno, ove anche la parete di chiusura sul fronte strada è stata realizzata nello stesso modo, quando i brise soleil sono chiusi, è impossibile distinguere le aperture e tutte le superfici in legno costituiscono un unico volume puro senza sporgenze. Per alcuni pezzi d’arredamento sono state scelte aziende italiane come Flos per la lampada Skygarden di Marcel Wanders, o la Spun Light F di Sebastian Wrong, Romeo Soft e Archimoon K di Philippe Starck, il divano della B&B Italia, altri elementi, come il grande tavolo da pranzo e la lunga madia, la cucina e il letto, sono stati progettati direttamente da Marcio Kogan (studio mk27). architecture author > marcio kogan co-author > suzana glogowski interior design co-authors > diana radomysler . mariana simas team > oswaldo pessano . renata furlanetto . samanta cafardo lair reis . carolina castroviejo . eduardo glycerio maria cristina motta . gabriel kogan credits photographer > rômulo fialdini tel > 55 11 3085 3669 email > romulofialdini@uol.com.br address> rua oscar freire, 1613 – casa 1 landscape architect > renata tilli general contractor > fairbanks & pilnik eng. Gisele Morad structure engineer > leão e associados eng. João Rubens Leão
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    The House 53 volumetry was defined following São Paulo city building laws and the site’s peculiar shape, which is just over 10 meters in front and approximately 30 meters in length. According to the legislation one can build in the neighborhood up to a two-floor building, settled upon the site’s lateral limits. A third floor is allowed as long as the lateral setbacks are respected. The house was conceived as a wood and mortar monolithic block with another concrete and glass volume upon it....

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