urban contemporary house

São Paulo-based firm Terra e Tuma Architects designed the Maracanã House. A simple contemporary home built in the middle of a bustling metropolis of Lapa, in São Paulo Brazil.

This 185 square meter residential project was completed in 2009.

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House in Brazil by Terra e Tuma Architects:

São Paulo. In this town, whose contemporaneity thrives in the middle of the most extraordinary urban contrasts, living in this condition may prove to be encouraging. In search of a place where it can be experienced, the idea of a simple residence arose. 

Thus, as we had decided to stand silent in the intricacies of the metropolis, the Maracanã Street house presents itself. Plans that define its geometry – in its materiality gray opaque, transparent in their glass surfaces or in vibrant mural access – mark the presence of a new case in the bucolic neighborhood where curious people wonder about the emergence of this new building. Their geometry jarring compared to traditional homes in the neighborhood shows up amazing from the moment that hides any territorial definition, recognizing itself as an element, as well as a public event, seizes the street that allows it to be perceived. 

Though the entire property is available, it shares its boundaries with its surroundings, and thus raises its unique place. More than one space, proper configuration was necessary to merge the interior and exterior pathways. The house reveals new possibility for the limitations of a narrow lot, whose complexity is overcome by horizontal and vertical pathways that invariably lead to a new spatial experience, which helps to understand the singularities of the type and geography of the neighborhood.


Photos by Pedro Kok | Text by D
aniel Corsi


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