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Maracanã House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

  • 01:00 - 18 December, 2012
  • Translated by Nico Saieh
Maracanã House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados
Maracanã House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok + 30

  • Project Team

  • Localização

    Lapa, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Arquitetos Responsáveis

    Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Juliana Assali
  • Project Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Ano do projeto

  • Fotografias

  • Construction

    Rafael Alves
  • Electrical & Hydraulic Engineerings

    Minuano Engenharia
  • Structure

  • Landscpae

    Acatu – Atelie de Cultura Ambiental e Tratamento Urbano
  • Panel

    Alexandre Mancini
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

Text description provided by the architects. São Paulo. Living in this town, that nowadays is able to bring us in front of the most extraordinary urban contrasts, might sound encouraging. In search of a place where one might experience this feeling, the idea of the family residence takes, in this location, the feature of a self-contained and very real experience. Thus, it appears Maracanã house, as if it had decided to stand still in the western meanders of the metropolis.

Site Plan
Site Plan

Corte C Fachada Sul Corte B Planta Nível Acesso + 30

The plans that define its geometry – opaque in its dull gray materiality, transparent in its glass surfaces or vibrant in the access wall – mark the presence of a new event in the bucolic neighbourhood where people are wondering about the curious presence of this new building. Its jarring geometry compared to other traditional houses in the neighbourhood becomes a surprising element, from the moment that it hides any territorial definition, that just like a public event, appropriates itself from the street that allows it to be perceived. By fully occupying the property that was available, the house shares its boundaries with the exterior space, in a sense of a continuous space that includes both the exterior and the interior.

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

The house reveals a new possibility for the limitations of a narrow lot, whose complexity is overcome by the horizontal and vertical paths that takes the visitor to a new experience of the space, which helps to understand the singularities of the type and geography of the neighbourhood.

Corte A
Corte A

When you are in the house located in Maracana street, you feel as if you were in the neighbourhood of Lapa. It means living with its genuineness, printed in the anticipation of where its spaces can lead us and in the opportunities that it offers us in contemplating the red roofs of the nearby houses, and the masonry facades of the church that dominates the neighbourhood, while the sun sinks slowly in the São Paulo horizon to which it opens the rear facade.

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

To enter the house does not mean to get away from the town or to be closed in a disconnected universe. Its access has to be discovered behind the mural with ceramics painted in black, white and red. To enter the house means, simply, to transpose a succession of moments, sometimes broad, sometimes narrow, sometimes bright, sometimes shaded, which leads us always to another place.

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

The house can be accessed through the void. Surprisingly empty, a belvedere opens to the residence, and a guide for the functional areas: social and services downstairs, and more intimate, upstairs. The light passes through the massive glass openings that oppose the strength of the concrete materiality that builds the house, just as it invades the city streets, in all directions. How can you one arrive at the house? What shall one pass by? What is the way to get at the house? Through the space, through the void. Circling or standing, this is how we find all of its extensions. One might find itself  immersed in the lower level defined by the concrete plans, by the gardens and by the courtyards that build its spaces, or one can walkthrough the house vertically, up to the sliding hatch that enables us to observe the city from the top of the house.

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

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Cite: "Maracanã House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados" [Casa Maracanã / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados] 18 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. (Trans. Saieh, Nico) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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