BT House / Studio Guilherme Torres

© Denilson Machado

Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Location: , Brazil
Landscape: Alex Hanazaki
Year: 2012
Photographs: Denilson Machado

© Denilson Machado

São Paulo based architect Guilherme Torres has developed ideas which fuse the modern and the traditional. Guilherme’s own house, designed by the architect himself, bears a chequered wood design, a kind of brise soleil called muxarabie, which is a classic feature in Eastern architecture. It was later assimilated by the Portuguese, who brought it to Brazil. This element, with its powerful aesthetic appeal, was adapted to this residence in the South of the country, and acts as a wooden ‘curtain’, allowing air flow, dimming light and also serving as a security feature.

© Denilson Machado

“As soon as I saw the gently sloped plot surrounded by other houses, the idea of this large panel came to me, to ensure privacy for both them and their neighbors.” This monumental house stands out as a huge rectangular monolith with two large brickwork blocks in contrast with the upper volume in concrete. A few columns, huge spans and strategic walls create exquisite fine gardens that make up a refuge for this young couple and their two small children.

© Denilson Machado

The decoration follows a jovial and Brazilian style with an alliance of Guilherme Torres’ design, including sofas and tables, and other great names of Brazilian design such as furniture designed by Sérgio Rodrigues and Carlos Motta. The composition of overlapping these Brazilian styles with international design is balanced by pieces from Tom Dixon and Iranian carpets, all sourced by the architect. The garden, designed by Alex Hanazaki has given the house an ethereal atmosphere due to the movement of Texan plume grass.

Lower Floor Plan
Cite: "BT House / Studio Guilherme Torres" 04 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=395800>
  • Croco Dile

    Very nice !

  • ALEXANDRA TIMPAU

    wow, how does that toilet space look like?

  • Yana

    sooooo beautiful photos