Brazilian Houses: 11 Interventions in Pre-existing Buildings

Brazilian Houses: 11 Interventions in Pre-existing Buildings

Architectural projects may not always have empty plots - with their countless possibilities - to work with. Adapting pre-existing buildings to new demands is a challenge that requires a different approach.

Refurbishments, extensions, and renovations can be used to meet the constantly evolving needs of the inhabitants, either the original residents or the newcomers.

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The original architectural project of a house doesn't always foresee all the transformations that happen over time, and the pre-existing layout becomes no longer suitable. Therefore, these contemporary interventions can range from interior design to the construction of new buildings that use pre-existing elements as a guideline for the project, depending on the new demands.

We have gathered a series of eleven Brazilian houses that represent some of the many ways of approaching pre-existing buildings in architectural design.

Renovation of a Brutalist House in Brazil / Arquitécnika

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Renovation of a Brutalist House in Brazil / Arquitécnika. Image: © Edgard Cesar

A.B.V. House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

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A.B.V. House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image: © Maíra Acayaba

Residence S / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos

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Residence S / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos. Image: © Rafael Salim

Villa Sabbia / Marchetti Bonetti+ Arquitetos Associados (in Portuguese)

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Villa Sabbia / Marchetti Bonetti+ Arquitetos Associados. Image: © A CASAA

Renovation of a House in Bixiga Neighbourhood / Marcus Lima Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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Renovation of a House in Bixiga Neighbourhood / Marcus Lima Arquitetura e Urbanismo. Image: © Pedro Vannucchi

Renovation of a House Designed by Zanine Caldas / PKB Arquitetura (in Portuguese)

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Renovation of a House Designed by Zanine Caldas / PKB Arquitetura. Image: © André Nazareth

Nica House Refurbishment / messina | rivas (in Portuguese)

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Nica House Refurbishment / messina | rivas. Image: © Federico Cairoli

Ipanema House / MooMAA (in Portuguese)

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Ipanema House / MooMAA. 2nd Re-design, 2000's. Image: © Sergio Marques

Vila Madalena House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto

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Vila Madalena House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto. Image: © Manuel Sá

VA House / SuperLimão Studio (in Portuguese)

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VA House / SuperLimão Studio. Image: © Maíra Acayaba

AM House / COA Associados

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AM House / COA Associados. Image: © Cassio Oba

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Cite: Moreira, Susanna. "Brazilian Houses: 11 Interventions in Pre-existing Buildings" [Casas brasileiras: 11 intervenções em edifícios preexistentes] 26 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. (Trans. Duduch, Tarsila) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/953910/brazilian-houses-11-interventions-in-pre-existing-buildings> ISSN 0719-8884

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