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The spectacular modern concrete home that follows has been entitled the Querosene House and it was designed by the Brazilian architecture practice Grupo SP. The shell of concrete resides in São Paulo, Brazil, it was developed on three-storeys and it covers no less than 3900 sq feet in a very airy open space flooded by light through two incredible glass walls. A library on two levels shapes the perception in the interior space with color and diversity in the vertical plane.
More from the architects, after the break.
The architects are further relating:
”The fact that a large portion of land lies three meters below street level and the typical conformation of this urban batch 10X40 meters enabled a large open space that is straightforward and transparent.
This space is defined in one side by the north face structure, a parallel free wall which houses a library containing 7,500 volumes and on the other side by a parallel block, an all closed space – a block with three stories that contains all the services, equipment and dormitories.
The design takes advantage from the difference between the street level and the lower level of the plot, by positioning the living room in this lower level which ensures the required privacy and maintains the view of the distant landscape through the void. This simple home adopts simple constructive solutions, reducing the actions required for its achievement.
The structure of the volume is resumed to masonry walls and reinforced concrete. Installations are apparent and performed without interference. After that the finishes are simple: monolithic concrete flooring and white Portuguese Stone. The walls without finishes are ready as it built. A single exception: the wall with books, finished with time and history.”
The home has a powerful inner core, a powerful core that beautifully animates the entire home, the activity within simply contributes in the facade, the lights turned on create this extraordinary depth and warmth, a constant communication with the exterior without sacrificing the privacy of the inhabitants. The design is honest, it leaves bare a simple structure to contribute in the interior design.
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