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Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

  • 10:00 - 11 November, 2015
Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados
Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

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  • Design Team

    Bruna Hashimoto, Giulia Sofia Galante, Jéssica Zanini, Lucas Miilher, Zeno Muica
  • Landscape

    Gabriella Ornaghi Arquitetura da Paisagem
  • Structure

    Megalos Engenharia
  • Construction

    Valdionor Andrade de Carvalho e equipe
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

From the architect. In 2011, a young man reached out to us about the possibility of designing a house for his mother, a person of few belongings, who lived in a house with severe structural and sanitary problems.

Ms. Dalva has lived for decades in Vila Matilde, an outlying neighbourhood in São Paulo, Brazil. Close to her are cousins, uncles, brothers and friends. The first option would be to sell the house, and with her lifetime savings acquire a small apartment, even further away and most likely without access to an elevator. A troublesome situation, considering her advanced age.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Section A Roof Plan Section C Details 1 +59

Before long, it was glaringly obvious to resist displacement and isolation. To not move away. With this in mind, it was up to us and a network of collaborators to make it work. Once the process commenced, there was no going back and everything had to work until the end. The project's design and construction work had to be suitable to the family's constrained finances.

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

In early 2014, the house showed clear signs of deterioration and began to collapse. Ms. Dalva went on to live on rent at a relative's house. The new house had to be built as fast as possible, else her expenses would completely consume all savings.  We used our recent experiences in exposed, structural wall blocks to erect a low-cost building, with great control and agility.

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

The biggest challenge appeared at the first stage of construction. Careful demolition of the old house took four months, at the same time that we executed the foundation and reinforced retaining walls which supported neighbouring buildings. The house was completed six months after masonry work was set forth.

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

The house is laid out in a 4.8m by 25m urban lot. On the ground floor, it features a living room, lavatory, kitchen, laundry and suite, to attend the needs of the homeowner. An articulation between lavatory, kitchen, laundry and an inner courtyard connects the living room at the front to the bedroom in the back. At the center, the green courtyard provides for light and ventilation. This area also serves as an extensions of the kitchen and laundry. The second floor accommodates a guest room, rendering a total area of 95m2. A vegetable garden grows on top of the living room's concrete slab ceiling, and can be covered later to accommodate future demands of the family.

A simple solution, result of a long, complex and gratifying process.

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
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Abdelrahman Azmi · December 21, 2016

I have some questions. Can you provide us with the cost of that house? I mean was the usage of naked concrete block and other details for reducing the cost required for the building, or it was just for the theme?

Hortencia Costa · February 22, 2016

É uma bairro seguro? Como fica a segurança de um casa construída com um belo projeto de arquitetura em bairros onde parecem que grades em janelas/portas são elementos obrigatórios?

Deivison Landim · July 14, 2016 01:45 PM

sua colocação é super equivocada. ''este projeto está no lugar errado'' ''não pode ser feito ai''.
Garanto q a casa possui o mesmo nível de segurança ou superior ao dos vizinhos.
O errado n é a arquitetura, mas sim a forma como a sociedade trata as coisas.
sua afirmação iguala-se a dizer q a mulher teve culpa em ser estuprada por ser bonita.

Deusdete Consecio de Paula · February 22, 2016

Nem tudo está perdido neste país, uma obra que dá orgulho, dignifica o povo e a arquitetura brasileira.

marcogomes · February 17, 2016

Just like my houses on Minecraft.

Carlos EJT Vázquez · February 17, 2016 05:39 PM

Pensei a mesma coisa, hahahaha!

Tomislav Perkovic · February 09, 2016


Arch Reem Yasir · November 15, 2015

wow!..If u believe it is possible, so it is :)
It is healthier, and more beautiful than the old one!

Sergio Largo · November 15, 2015

El proyecto mas sensato que he visto en muchisimo tiempo, espectacular!

JMFM · November 12, 2015

Muito bom!

Beverycool · November 12, 2015

You should get the RIBA Gold Medal for such a brilliant and humane project (or whatever the Brazilian version is). Well done guys!

plenus et vacuus · November 12, 2015

Simplesmente Espetacular.

majchers · November 11, 2015

Perrrrrrfecto! Amazing work. Congratulations.

Joel Rios Gomez · November 11, 2015

Beautiful, context sensitive and inexpensive


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年度建筑奖获得者:为祖母建造的 Matilde 住宅 / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados