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Pacaembu Residence / Nave Arquitetos

  • 01:00 - 21 June, 2009
Pacaembu Residence / Nave Arquitetos
Pacaembu Residence / Nave Arquitetos

Pacaembu Residence / Nave Arquitetos Pacaembu Residence / Nave Arquitetos Pacaembu Residence / Nave Arquitetos Pacaembu Residence / Nave Arquitetos +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pacaembu - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects

    Nave Arquitetos Associados - Marcio N Coelho Jr, Roberto N Fialho, Valéria S Fialho
  • Interior Design

    Juliana Mammana
  • Structural Consultant

    Eng. Ricardo Zulques
  • Lighting Design

    Foco Luz & Desenho - Junia Azenha e Ana Karina Camasmie
  • Constructed Area

    380 sqm
  • Area

    637.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. This house at Pacaembu, an old residential garden district in São Paulo, has been designed for a recently married young couple. They had decided to demolish the former existing construction in order to build a new larger one that would better attend their needs.

The plot presents irregular form and topography and it is vastly covered by dense vegetation, a typical characteristic of that neighbourhood, which is protected by law.

The new house is set on a higher plateau and it is formed of two adjacent cubes connected by the staircase, glass boxes and terraces. The remaining area of the plot is free for the preserved garden.

The ground floor is occupied by service and social areas that open directly to the lawn. Private functions are located upstairs and a roof terrace has been created as an additional leisure space, taking advantage of the impressive view of the city's skyline.

The structure is formed of seven concrete pillars located on the edges of the cubes, liberating space for a free plan. The wide openings receive extensive glass surfaces, providing abundant light into the house, as well as allowing the fruition of the views.

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Henry A.Vásquez · December 10, 2010

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zoo · June 24, 2009

when was modern architecture socialist?
all classic buildings are expensive and frugal.

i am sorry 'honey' you should wake up and kiss kansas good bye...

Yorik · June 22, 2009

This is an interesting debate... "Modernist" architecture, in Brazil, is today often (only?) found in expensive private housing, in contrast to the "glory" period of Brazilian modernism, 40 years ago, where modernism was a sign of socialism in architecture... Would be cool to see something going against that tendency too.

thiago · June 22, 2009

even nelson kon, the best brazilian photographer couldn't save this house.. so ordinary in shape and content...
I wish that these houses without a deeper thought should be erased from our architectural examples. Nice comments BAJ and Leonardo, we need a new vision of architecture here in Brazil.

Leonardo Ximenes · June 22, 2009

Word, BAJ! Unfortunately, well-to-do families like this couple represent a contrasting minority that rules that country in complete disregard for sustainability or community welfare for that matter (and then complain about the increasing violence, go figure!) Most workers that had to demolish the previous house and then build the brand new Mcmansion-for-two seen here earn less than $400 a month and go back to slums at the end of the day. And when you confront one of these big-pocket employers about the waste of energy/materials x economy in labour wages, they'll arrogantly patronize you, like the fellow 'Jeison' calling you 'honey', in his reply.

Jeison · June 22, 2009

BAJ, honey
Have you ever thought that many young couples might wanna their house to be the ONLY house? The one to raise their kids in? The one to have space for guests? Plus, you can´t define a lifestyle by one´s example. Concept of first-times and move-ups? Of course! Not in their case, though. I built a house for me with 4 bedrooms. Don´t have kids yet, but i don´t plan to move and bring parents and friends ALL the time.

Gonçalo Soares · June 22, 2009

Good point, BAJ.

Alexandre Grazzini · June 22, 2009

Very nice. Elegant. I like it.

BAJ · June 22, 2009

"This house ... has been designed for a recently married young couple. They ... decided to demolish the former ... construction in order to build a new larger one that would better attend their needs." What "young married couple" has "needs" for a 380sm residence with three bed rooms, 4-1/2 baths? The provided plans don't seem to show one of the floors and the room spaces didn't seem that excessive, but there is too much redundancy of use, too much resource consumption. Don't they believe in first-time homes and the concept of move-up in Brazil? This example is not sustainable.

juliano · June 22, 2009

in my opinion it is not compatible with other projects published here - in graphical terms.
externally it seems ordinary...

christos · June 21, 2009

exterior-wise reminds me of a building that was built 30 years ago, the interior looks much better!!

thomas foral · June 21, 2009

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Lucas Gray · June 21, 2009

That first image really makes the house look like its dominating the landscape. I like some of the individual elements - the horizontally striped wood walls, the board formed concrete wall - but I don't know if they work as a cohesive whole.


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