Carapicuiba house / Angelo Bucci & Alvaro Puntoni

Architects: Angelo Bucci, Alvaro Puntoni
Location: Carapicuíba, SP, Brazil
Collaborators: Ciro Miguel, Fernando Bizarri, Juliana Braga
Structure: Ibsen Pulleo Uvo, Ruy Bentes
Services: Mauro Rodrigues Pinto
Landscape: Klara Kaiser
Construction: Alexsandro Bremenkamp
Project year: 2003
Construction year: 2008
Site area: 450 sqm
Construction area: 415 sqm
Lighting: Reka
panels: Perfilor
Scaffolding: Peri
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Geographic conditions

The most remarkable feature of the site where the house is located is its depression, in topographical terms. From the street, we cannot clearly see its ground level because the ground surface falls abruptly into a little valley and woods: a stage 6 m below.

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Programmatic requirements

The program joins two different purposes: a house and an office, it is a place to both live and work. Although these two functions share the same space, it is as separate as possible.

Project proposition

The different levels offered by the site were utilized to arrange the two main programs.

The street level was kept free of any enclosed space, it is a kind of “pilotis” with two different areas: the first one is on the ground, very close to the street, and the other one is aerial, as a roof terrace over the building. A bridge, made of steel, connects these two areas. The only entrance to the building is the bridge with its steel grid floor that leads over the open space: downstairs to the house or upstairs to the office.

The house is divided into two levels, both below the street level. Its spaces are integrated with the woods, valley, gardens, and pool located at the ground level. The house incorporates the outside nature indoors: a sliding glass door opens the living room into the terrace,creating one large space. The bedroom and the patios can also be integrated at the lower level.

From the street level, the office is located upstairs. Its dimensions, 3 m wide and 25 m long, making it look like a tube open at both extremities. Therefore, the windows offer new views: more landscape than patios, and more panoramic than an intimate space.

The “tube” only rests over two columns. Reinforced concrete supports the whole building. Besides its materials, concrete and glass, this house is essentially designed based on the site’s geography and landscape. So few elements mean more concentration on the required work during its construction process. It makes it easier to control the budget and it help us focus on the necessary steps to build the house.

Cite: "Carapicuiba house / Angelo Bucci & Alvaro Puntoni" 05 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • hj

    pure poetry…

  • Vladimir Konovalov

    like a dream. amazing work!

  • bolongo

    just fantastic, it feels like the work of a first year student. and i mean that in a good way :) … when you still dare to question things and try to reinvent architecture… also compliments to the client, who obviously dared to let go of all his or her preconceptions of what a house should be.

  • LargoJax

    Interesting, sure. Practical, mmmm? I would prefer a bit more privacy and not see roller shade cords (kinda spoils the clean modern look)… perhaps in an ideal world. I know – small things, but hey.

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  • JDR

    a treehouse and a cave meet Koolhaas in his experimental detailling days.

    It’s more than poëtic i think!

  • Sadia Hayat

    i am mesmerised …………. its absolutely amazing

  • Jeison from Brazil

    All these positive feedbacks make me proud of the brazilian architects. Hugs for everyone.

  • Rokas

    Very comlplex,but still-very skilfully detailed project.Its very nice when theres modernity without “shoes-box” stigma.

  • David

    that’s exactly the kind of project that makes you think: “Architecture is a great thing!, no matter where and when it is created.”

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  • Ahan

    This project is amazing.
    I deeply encourage everyone to search for other projects by Angelo Bucci. This guy is an architecture hero

  • vg

    Tectonics !

  • Franco

    It seams that brazilian architecture hasn’t died with Niemeyer. Oops, he’s not dead yet.

  • dinofizz

    Amazing! I really think this is a most fantastic piece of architecture.

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  • M.

    “adorei”! but can i add a lazy-girl comment? It would be nice to be able to go fron picture to picture without having to come back and click in another one everytime…

  • Ahan

    Hi there M.
    When you open a picture, there should be two small icons on the upper right of your screen … clicking on them you can go from on picture to the others ;)!

  • M.

    Hey! Fair play, I didn’t see it, thanx! ;)

  • waxman

    Brazilians have balls!

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  • aufi

    i see too much stairs to separate the spaces,but hey its a very nic!!

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  • 2MACoff

    ЖЕЛТЫЙ ! дом понравился

  • jorge

    Gorgeous work! I love the perfect balance between aesthetics and structural work. It’s amazing!

  • PrimoDilla

    Nice and creative, but nothing can ever defeat the Adams Family Mansion!

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