The Box House – São Paulo

The Box house, located in a residential neighbourhood of low rise houses in the city of São Paulo, was designed for a young architect, for himself. The size of the ground (20 x 10m) corner, directed where all the openings are located in two of the four facades. Zenith openings and the inner patio illuminate the environments that are located on the other two sides of the house. From the street, the house emerges behind the wall like a box with no openings. This was intentional of Flavio Castro generate security. As you pass through the front gate of Corten steel, you come to a hall and the box, which before seemed to be heavy, rests in a glass box on the ground floor and makes it appear to float.
On the ground floor, the sliding glass doors allow a visual integration with the garden allowing for social connection. The second floor contains the private area that determined the outer covering of the residence: mini wave panels. The different possibility of openings controls sunlight, acoustic and safety.
On the rooftop, the garden completes the house and establishes a distinct relationship with the surroundings. As a side note … could you even imagine getting a house like this trough council in Australia, no balustrades on the windows or stairs!

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