[Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados]

São Paulo. Living in this town, that nowadays is able to bring us in front of the most extraordinary urban contrasts, might sound encouraging. In search of a place where one might experience this feeling, the idea of the family residence takes, in this location, the feature of a self-contained and very real experience. Thus, it appears Maracanã house, as if it had decided to stand still in the western meanders of the metropolis.

The plans that define its geometry – opaque in its dull gray materiality, transparent in its glass surfaces or vibrant in the access wall – mark the presence of a new event in the bucolic neighbourhood where people are wondering about the curious presence of this new building. Its jarring geometry compared to other traditional houses in the neighbourhood becomes a surprising element, from the moment that it hides any territorial definition, that just like a public event, appropriates itself from the street that allows it to be perceived. By fully occupying the property that was available, the house shares its boundaries with the exterior space, in a sense of a continuous space that includes both the exterior and the interior.

The house reveals a new possibility for the limitations of a narrow lot, whose complexity is overcome by the horizontal and vertical paths that takes the visitor to a new experience of the space, which helps to understand the singularities of the type and geography of the neighbourhood.

When you are in the house located in Maracana street, you feel as if you were in the neighbourhood of Lapa. It means living with its genuineness, printed in the anticipation of where its spaces can lead us and in the opportunities that it offers us in contemplating the red roofs of the nearby houses, and the masonry facades of the church that dominates the neighbourhood, while the sun sinks slowly in the São Paulo horizon to which it opens the rear facade.

To enter the house does not mean to get away from the town or to be closed in a disconnected universe. Its access has to be discovered behind the mural with ceramics painted in black, white and red. To enter the house means, simply, to transpose a succession of moments, sometimes broad, sometimes narrow, sometimes bright, sometimes shaded, which leads us always to another place.

The house can be accessed through the void. Surprisingly empty, a belvedere opens to the residence, and a guide for the functional areas: social and services downstairs, and more intimate, upstairs. The light passes through the massive glass openings that oppose the strength of the concrete materiality that builds the house, just as it invades the city streets, in all directions. How can you one arrive at the house? What shall one pass by? What is the way to get at the house? Through the space, through the void. Circling or standing, this is how we find all of its extensions. One might find itself  immersed in the lower level defined by the concrete plans, by the gardens and by the courtyards that build its spaces, or one can walkthrough the house vertically, up to the sliding hatch that enables us to observe the city from the top of the house. Text description by the architects.

Built into a small plot of land, it was hard to imagine that a house like this could emerge from there.

Located in the neighborhood of Lapa, the project of Maracanã House has taken advantage of the dimensions of the land in its totality. When we enter the house, at the mezzanine level, we immediately feel a spatial amplitude provided by the double height and the integration of the social area with the external area.

The Maracanã House was a great design laboratory for our office, the fact that the client was one of the partners, enabled the testing of some solutions that proved to be very effective. The simplicity of the materials with the volumetry of the generated spaces taught us how it is possible to achieve a great result through good choices.

The tile panel in front of the house was the work of the artist Alexandre Mancini. Text description by the architects.

Source: www.archdaily.com / www.terraetuma.com
Photography by: Pedro Kok