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Vila Romana Residence / MMBB Arquitetos

  • 01:00 - 10 June, 2008
Vila Romana Residence / MMBB Arquitetos
Vila Romana Residence / MMBB Arquitetos

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sao Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects

    MMBB Arquitetos
  • Architects In Charge

    Fernando de Mello Franco, Marta Moreira, Milton Braga
  • Project Team

    Marina Sabino, Márcia Terazaki, Marina Acayaba, Rodrigo Brancher, Thiago Rolemberg
  • Structural Engineer

    Kurkdjian e Fruchtengarten Engenheiros Associados
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Procion Engenharia
  • Interior Design

    MMBB e Iran do Espírito Santo
  • Landscape

    Iran do Espírito Santo & Ana Cintra
  • Fundaciones

    Cepollina Engenheiros Consultores
  • Contractor

    Bremenkamp Engenharia e Construção
  • Client

    Iran do Espirito Santo
  • Budget

    US $425,000
  • Site Area

    500 sqm
  • Area

    435.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The design of the Espirito Santo Residence is derived from the twin imperatives of topography and usage.

It is situated on a corner plot with views of the town's principal valley, with a drop of 10 meters from one side of the plot to the other.

The first question to be tackled was that of creating an artificial terrain that would allow for easy transit around the external areas and their use for day-to-day activities. The landscaping was determined by the creation of these areas.

The second question was that of the residence's dual usage. The building houses not only the residence but also the working studio of the artist owner.

The strategy adopted was to divide the building into two autonomous blocks. In contact with the terrain is the studio block, partly embedded in the hill and illuminated only by an overhead opening. Its interior is divided by a series of walls which serve as supports for the works to be created there.

Suspended above the terrain is the block containing the residency itself, open to the views that surround it. Its internal layout is designed to facilitate integration and fluidity between separate sectors for living, sleeping, cooking and the service area.

Between the two blocks, on the slab that forms the roof of the studio, a large veranda has been created, partly in shadow. Another space, uncovered, occupies the slab over the residential block, increasing the total external ground area.

The suspended block is supported on only four points, with prominent overhangs. The two solid slabs that support it are constructed from exposed prestressed concrete. A further layer of concrete conceals the steel reinforcing elements. This concrete and the window system form the façade of the building.

The concrete slabs, once polished, form the floor of the interior environment, with no need for additional surfacing.

Conical niches in the concrete allow for the direct installation of lighting, with no need for additional fixtures.

It is this succession of constructional features that defines the project as a whole.

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noc noc · January 21, 2011

we want to share this project with you! made by the brazilian architects MMBB. Home and Office sharing the same...

2MACoff · June 07, 2009

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Joao · May 25, 2009

i forgot to say about the water reservoir: always floating above the roof suported by a single column.

we also can remember the kitchen in a single line, iluminated by a huge horizontal window.

etc, etc, etc...

it seems like a formula..

Joao · May 24, 2009

Sao Paulo's architects keep repeating themselves. Why should a house always be supported by only 4 columns? I don't know either why those architects from Sao Paulo always choose a solution based on the "floating box" and exposed concrete finish.

The clients and sites are all the same? i don't think so...
this smells like a neo-academicism...

charles · May 23, 2009

cool. i studied le corbusier's villa savoie too.
but despite being unoriginal, this is still a nice work.

kostas · October 22, 2009 03:40 PM

villa stein my friend, savoye is another story...nice reload though( contemporary interpretation lets

max the architect · May 16, 2009

this is good and mature work ! congratulations!

Mal genio · February 18, 2009

It's good to design without the seismic problem...

Also being able to do it like this.


Wangsk · September 08, 2008

I love the floating box, simple and clean.

JUST COOL Design Blog · July 02, 2008

residence? this is ugly cold and boxy - not warm and comfortable - it reminds me of an office building

Don · April 25, 2013 10:50 PM

Who cares if it reminds YOU of an office building, or if you think an office reminds you of a home. Is that your parameter of judgment? If you would live there??


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