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Light House, São Paulo, Brazil by Studio Guilherme Torres

Project name:
Light House
Architecture firm:
Studio Guilherme Torres
São Paulo, Brazil
Denílson Machado - MCA Estudio
Principal architect:
Guilherme Torres
Design team:
Marble: Michelangelo. Furniture: Us / Etel. Joinery: Marvelar. Corial: Vitti. Metals: Deca. Carpets: Fenicia. Artwork Boy Dragonfly: Sui. Corian: Studio Vitty. Carpet: Phenicia
Interior design:
Built area:
1226 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Alex Hanazaki
Tools used:
Concrete, Steel, Stone, Glass
Residential › House

In 2016, the clients hired the Studio Guilherme Torres to develop an interior design project for an apartment they had bought in the planning stage. A few months passed, and soon after, the family grew. As the project developed, the area proved to be far below their space expectations, and the opportunity to buy a house arose. 

The building, possibly from the late 1950s, built in a wooded yet central neighborhood, presented a miscellany of styles, arising from successive expansions and renovations, but it had the ideal area. An ambitious remodeling project was then started, which reconfigured all the spaces and brought the construction up to date.  

Some of the house's distribution points were maintained, such as the garage and services in the front, as well as the staircase position. Others were completely reconfigured, such as the living room, which now opens out completely to the back of the property, where the pool and recreation area were repositioned.  

During the initial demolition phase, it was found that many structures were in poor condition. This led to a completely new structural project, as well as all the other facilities, which were redone from scratch.

One of the owner's requests was to make the house extremely bright, with as many openings as possible and with materials that reflect natural light. To achieve this, we explored the use of aluminum frames and minimalist glass, white Paraná marble throughout the first floor, and some walls in raw Travertine, the material chosen for the entire outdoor area, including the pool lining.  

Pivot doors and walls concealing openings and cabinets, as well as the the second level's floor finish, were clad in Accoya, an extremely resistant species of Scandinavian pine that has a natural grayish hue. In addition to the floor of the upper floor, which also received the Accoya coating.

Most importantly, the house ended up with a 150 square meter rooftop, which was completely intended as a space for the three children. The children's furniture, which includes cabinets, a slide with a ball pit, a stage, climbing walls, a running track, a "little shop" and "kitchen", was all developed by the Studio's architects, along with the client. And the result? The fun never ends!   

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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