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Material Focus: RPII Residence by Gustavo Arbex Architects

  • 14:00 - 11 September, 2016
  • by Equipe ArchDaily Brasil
  • Translated by Matthew Valletta
Material Focus: RPII Residence by Gustavo Arbex Architects
Material Focus: RPII Residence by Gustavo Arbex Architects, © Favaro Jr.
© Favaro Jr.

This article is part of our new series "Material Focus", which asks the architects to reflect on the thought process behind their choice of materials and illuminates the steps needed for constructing buildings.

The RPII Residence was designed by Gustavo Arbex Architects. The almost 1000m2 project was built in Sao Paulo. We spoke with the architect Gustavo Arbex to learn more about the choices of materials and the challenges of the project.

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What were the main materials used in the project?

GA: Exposed concrete, teak wood, cement flooring, glass, natural stone.

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© Favaro Jr.

What were your main sources of inspiration and influence when you were choosing the materials used in the project?

GA: Frank Lloyd Wright, Calatrava, Marcio Kogan/Studio MK27.

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© Favaro Jr.

Describe how decisions on materials influenced the design of the project.

GA: Technical details to adapt to each of the materials’ capabilities.

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© Favaro Jr.

What were the advantages that this material offered for the construction of the project?

GA: Lightweight materials, uniform and with personality. They work well for large plans. 

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© Favaro Jr.

Did the choice of materials impose any kind of challenges to the project?

GA: Yes. The wood slats.

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© Favaro Jr.

Did you ever consider the possibility of other materials for the project? If so, how would that have changed the project?

GA: Yes. The cost, aesthetics, etc. 

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How did you research suppliers and builders suitable for materials used in the project?

GA: Trade and websites of well-known brands.

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Cite: Equipe ArchDaily Brasil. "Material Focus: RPII Residence by Gustavo Arbex Architects" 11 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. (Trans. Valletta, Matthew) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/795038/material-focus-rpii-residence-by-gustavo-arbex-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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