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House 53 / Marcio Kogan

  • Architects: Marcio Kogan
  • Location: Sao Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect: Marcio Kogan
  • Co Author: Suzana Glogowski
  • Interior Design: Diana Radomysler, Mariana Simas
  • Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo
  • Landscape Architect: Renata Tilli
  • Structural Engineering: Leão e Associados
  • General Contractor: Fairbanks & Pilnik
  • Area: 330.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Rômulo Fialdini

© Rômulo Fialdini © Rômulo Fialdini © Rômulo Fialdini © Rômulo Fialdini

From the architect. The House 53 volumetry was defined following São Paulo city building laws and the site’s peculiar shape, which is just over 10 meters in front and approximately 30 meters in length. According to the legislation one can build in the neighborhood up to a two-floor building, settled upon the site’s lateral limits. A third floor is allowed as long as the lateral setbacks are respected.

© Rômulo Fialdini
© Rômulo Fialdini

The house was conceived as a wood and mortar monolithic block with another concrete and glass volume upon it. Due to the ground’s small front and volumetry, the box’s two edges had to make the most of light’s entrance, which explains the large windows. It was also desirable that these windows would make it possible to darken the internal environment whenever needed.

© Rômulo Fialdini
© Rômulo Fialdini

The house’s inferior volume, which comprises the living room on the first floor, and the bedrooms on the second floor, is a glass box with wooden brises that open as folding doors. The rooms’ front and back facades were designed to be completely closed or opened.

© Rômulo Fialdini
© Rômulo Fialdini

From the outside, when the brises (and the front wall, which follows the same language) are closed, it´s impossible to distinguish the openings, and all wooden surfaces make up a pure single volume, without bumps. When these brises are opened, the house looks like a large wood folding.

© Rômulo Fialdini
© Rômulo Fialdini
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