A renovation that had to increase the functionality of the house and create more fluidity and dialogue between the rooms. That was the task of the Brazilian architect Arthur Casas. The result looks modern, but with a clear nod to the past.
This São Paulo residence was originally built in the 80s by renowned architect Ugo di Pace. That interesting past was of course not to be deleted, but now that the children of the owners had moved out of the house, it was high time for a modern update. Studio Arthur Casas set to work to transform the robust structure with a minimum of openings and striking cylindrical pillars into flowing spaces that breathe light and air. A circular skylight in the entrance hall immediately creates an inviting feeling. In addition, the pathway at the entrance extends into a newly added part of the swimming pool, which leads to the garden at the back of the house. In the living room, large windows and sliding doors also provide a permanent connection to this outdoor space which features vertical gardens, a roofed patio and the swimming pool.
Flowing spaces that breathe light and air.
It was especially important that the social areas of the house were more connected to each other. This was achieved by, among other things, the central piece of millwork, a wall element that seems to float above the ground and thus allows more light and air to pass through to the other side. The home theater is located on a mezzanine overlooking the living room.
Although there were a lot of remarkable interventions during the renovation, the original soul of the house is still visible. In one of the pillars, for example, a fireplace was ingeniously implemented, but the original staircase made of Brazilian teak was kept and now contrasts stylishly with the rest of the colour palette, which is slightly lighter. The pieces of furniture and decoration also radiate a retro atmosphere that feels very contemporary at the same time. Photos © Ricardo Labougle