Following the birth of their second daughter, Reinaldo and Piti Cóser knew they needed a bigger home that could provide domestic refuge from the relentless energy of São Paulo without separating them from it completely. After purchasing a site in the centrally located Jardim Europa neighborhood, they turned to architect and close friend Marcio Kogan to help them accomplish their dream. The resulting structure features a garden that is separated from the living room by only a sliding door, creating one large mixed-use living space. While this gives the home a feeling of tranquility, the rooftop deck yields intimate views of the city, reminding viewers of its nearby influence.
This L-shaped home features a Cor-Ten shielded library and a winding pedestrian walkway that forces visitors to circumnavigate its perimeter before entry, giving them a feel for its architectural composition.
Architects Simone Carneiro and Alexandre Skaff used materials like cement-tiles and perobinha wood to make a fomerly cramped São Paulo apartment feel more open. Re-envisioning an under-utilized terrace as a lush garden certainly helped as well.
Italian-born architect Lina Bo Bardi relocated to Brazil mid-career, finding it an easier place to pursue her adapting design palette, which included the use of industrial materials and involved experimentations with natural forms. Her home in São Paulo has recently been converted into a musuem.
Filmic influences abound in architect Isay Winfield's Casa Deck home in São Paulo. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the living room with natural light and frame panoramic city views like a 70mm movie lens. Even the home's boxy shape evokes iconic modernist dwellings in the Hollywood Hills, and its integration of house and garden provides an escape from a similarly car-crazy metropolis.