Throughout the last decade, the recognition of the design and specification of exposed concrete has been revisited and developed. The construction of a ripped texture needs precise carpentry of total craftsmanship, mounting the negative of the building in hand-made wood. Additionally, the concrete needs a special composition in order for it to be worked adequately before solidifying. When deformed, the concrete is practically in its final configuration, making it a risky process, with little room for error.
In this house the material is used in a radical manner throughout the upper volume and, as such, the large concrete Box appears to be floating atop a glass volume. In the living room, which continues to the veranda and the garden, the doors open entirely, diluting the division between interior and exterior. The main entrance is done through pivoting panels that also open entirely to the front garden. In the internal space, a long irregularly-shaped sofa wriggles around the room, constructing a space with no hierarchy among the different orientations.
On the top floor, a TV room distributes the circulation to the bedrooms, which are lit by a wood block on the concrete wall of the facade. The wooden brises offer the interior great thermal comfort and makes it possible to totally control the lighting.
The structure of the house incorporates large spans which accentuate the Idea of a floating Box, besides propitiating a totally free and continuous space. The use of raw concrete refers to modern buildings, aesthetically and functionally, as in a dialogue with this modern architecture. The House of Ipês, with its grand spans and brute material, transpires a sobriety and the concrete impregnated by the passage of time, exposes the existence of the life of the building.
architect, born in the marvelous city of S?o Paulo, graduated in 1976 from Mackenzie University, made films until the age of 30, and then decided on architecture. Major projects: Casa Du Plessis (ASBEA and Record House Awards, 2004), Casa Gama-Issa (ASBEA Award and short list World Architecture Award 2002), Casa BR (IAB Award 2004 and Record House 2005), Casa Cury, Hotel Fasano (short list Wallpaper Design Award 2005), Microbiology Museum (IAB Award 2002) and recently 2 houses in Spain, one in Alabama, and a Villa in Milan, and the disarranged Micasa Store Vol.B. In 2007 and 2008 received 10 international awards such as the International Bienal Barbara Cappochin in Padova, Italy with the Micasa Vol_B project, the ?Yellow Pencil? from the D&AD Award, London and the Dedalo Minosse in Vicenza, Italy for the Primetime nursery.