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Cube house / AR Arquitetos

  • 01:00 - 7 December, 2009
Cube house / AR Arquitetos
Cube house / AR Arquitetos, © Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sao Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects

    Marina Acayaba, Juan Pablo Rosenberg
  • Contractor

    Construsil S.A.
  • Width Of The Road

    2.60 m
  • Project Area

    92.50 sqm
  • Area

    92.5 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. INPUT 01
House in a village in the neighborhood of Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil.

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

Residence for a couple without children;
Kitchen as the heart of the house = living and kitchen integrated;
Host friends often and wish to have a baby soon = 03 bedrooms
The couple studies and work at home = office with large library
They grow many kinds of plants = outdoor areas
Very close neighbors

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

A large house in a small plot

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

He wants maximum privacy, she wants an open house with garden (clear and airy)

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

The house was closed to the street and opened into the lot, creating a microclimate.

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

Maintain the threshold of the demolished old house (+0.90 m), creating a basement, which houses the library and office with a complete bathroom, convertible to guest-room. From there, the street is seen from an unusual point of view with the sky over the desk.

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

A cube of about 6 X 6 X 6m placed in the center of the lot, twinned on both sides, opens onto two yards, front and back, allowing maximum use of land with preservation of outdoor areas as extensions of the house.

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

Another cube of 3 X 3 X 3m, uncovered, posed in the front setback, as an extrusion of the main one, completes the house volume, defining the garage void. It comprehends the front courtyard opened to the living-room and also accomodates the laundry.

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

Once the house is opened onto both front and back yards, internal and external areas are merged, without loss of privacy. It means maximum use of the plot, providing abundant natural lighting and ventilation.

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

Ideal distribution for intimate, social and work spaces, allowing concurrent activities without interference.

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

A large space in a small house.

© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba
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Xavier · January 28, 2011

The 'minimalism' referred in previous comments in my opinion was not opted. It is the corollary expression of an architecture that was heavily conditioned by the project's demands.

If the young couple modeling is the real owner of the house, its not hard to imagine that they are enjoying their first dwelling. It is evident from the materials picked and their finishing that they where chosen to maintain a restricted budget and that they are trying to get the most from them.

Which ever is the case, the vital expression of an architecture that is thought to fulfill basic needs is always appealing. Although the space for the living and the kitchen does look narrow, I believe they won't be having problems dealing with it.

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carol gay · January 21, 2010

awesome!!this is contemporary architecture!

joana franca · January 12, 2010

casa paulista maneira com fotos maneiras

Miloš Milovanovi? · December 30, 2009

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Beto · December 09, 2009

Muito bom ver que a arquitetura brasileira vem perdendo as amarras!!!..fico muito contente de saber que existem novos arquitetos brasileiros produzindo boa arquitetura contemporânea, de uma maneira universal, sem ter o rabo preso com nada. Pode parecer só uma pequena casa, mas pode ter certeza que ela tem uma grande importancia.

Mathias · December 09, 2009

Très beau travail. Simple, minimaliste, spacieux, profond.
Tout ce qu'on aime pour bien vivre!
Continuez comme ça.

pedro varella · December 08, 2009

continuo achando muito bom projeto , parabens para os dois.

até o rio...

hunter · December 08, 2009

same florist as in sannaa's book HOUSES...

fine house!

wtf111 · December 08, 2009

too minimal. no warmth in there. the pictures look totally staged. look how uncomfortable the "tv room" is.
they don't even have a freakin' table in their kitchen.

the usage of light and connection of open spaces is nice though.
but i think that minimalist style is really outdated.
it all creates a constructed picture which will be disturbed by anything which makes us human - like for example a pile of magazines placed in the "wrong place". you gotta have a really tidy housekeeper to keep up that picture.

personally i think it's totally impracticable and too much forced.

stanislav slavov · December 08, 2009

i like this minimal style - simple form in good combination

keep the way!!!
Stanislav Slavov

andre gope · December 08, 2009

good brazilian architecture!
i was missing this! :)

archaalto · December 08, 2009 first it could seem like there isn't much there, but the photography does a good job of highlighting all the little surprises behind every corner. great natural lighting!

Tosh · December 07, 2009

I think that this is a very successful project. I would like a house like that when I get the money. Simple, straightforward, very cute and nice spaces. Really open and lit up. Only one comment: maybe not completely white walls. They became really banal in the last 10-20 years..

I'm not sure where I've seen something like that, but the precedents are plenty, I'm sure about that.

Ronny Nunez · December 07, 2009

This is screaming Tetsuka house all over it.

Felipe Goes · December 08, 2009 05:12 PM

Great house. Very unpretending and flexible spaces.

gorgos · December 08, 2009 12:43 AM

lol, Indeed Im sure the architects are aware of mr Pawson´s existence. Nevertheless a charming house.


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