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Patio House / AR Arquitetos

  • 01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Patio House / AR Arquitetos
Patio House / AR Arquitetos, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Pablo Rosenberg, Marina Acayaba
  • Design Team

    Paloma Delgado, Kiti Vieira, João Chiavoni, Marina Portolano
  • Area

    408.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

Text description provided by the architects. Exercise inspired on Gordon Matta-Clark’s building cuts and James Turrell’s Skyscapes.


Instead of being completely demolished, an existent construction is maintained and interpreted as a solid to be excavated, designing its negative-spaces to subvert the old spatial syntax. Three resulting suppressions reorganize the program, creating internal patios as ‘decompression areas’ between uses and as graduation between interior and exterior.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

The first suppression permits turning the old garage in the lower-level in a double-height living-room, now connected to the forgotten backyard. The second one creates a suspended double-height patio in the intermediate level, inserting a tree between studio/tv room (intermediate level) and children rooms (upper).


The third cut brings an intimate patio as extension of parents-room in the upper level. Seemingly random, the openings in the façade respond to accurate positioning framed views from the interior.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

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