Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
House at Rua Alabarda in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Affonso Risi architect
November 12th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Affonso Risi architect
Urban house (281 m² / 3 023 ft ²) in an upward sloping ground, narrow (9,00 m/ 32,47 ft) and long (50,00 m/164 ft).
On the ground floor, one meter (3,23 ft) higher than the street, there’s an access, garage, studio and working areas. On this level , there’s also a little pool filled with carps, from which a flight of stairs in reinforced concrete emerges, leading to the upper level, with all the house accommodations: access gallery, rooms, kitchen, verandas, office, 3 bedrooms and bathrooms. The office and the third bedroom open to the upper garden at the end of the ground.
There’s a solarium over the living room and kitchen, with a lawn and a wooden deck, reached by the continuation of the stairs.
A void was designed in order to diminish the strong predominance of the longitudinal over the transversal direction, where the carp pool and stairs are located, separating the building in two bodies. The volume with bedrooms (upstairs) and studio (downstairs) was painted red. Other external walls are white. The purpose was to visually enhance the house and, at same time, to harmonically insert it on the ground.
External aluminum doors and windows are painted white (electrostatic epoxy).
Indoor floors have white cement plates and bookcases are made with ferro cement.
All measures are controlled by the Golden Section and the entire plan looks for fluidity and continuity of spaces.
Born in Bragança Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil.
A graduate at the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University Mackenzie (1972), São Paulo, where he taught in the 80s. Teacher at the Architecture and Urbanism School of ICET-UNIP, Universidade Paulista, since 1992.
Has works published and exhibited in Brazil and abroad.
Received RINO LEVI PRIZE – IAB-SP (Institute of Architects of Brazil) and the 2nd and 6th BIAs (International Architecture Biennale of Sao Paulo) Destaque Prizes.
Responsible for architectural services of conservation and renovation of the St.Benedict Monastery (Mosteiro de São Bento) in São Paulo since 1990.
Music studies in parallel with those of architecture led to a great interest about composition, especially the employment of so-called symbolic geometry with the employment of the Golden Section.
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