A steep terrain and a panoramic view guided the design of this stunning weekend home outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The FT House by Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados is informed by its environment, built to feature the beauty of its subtropical scenery. Its indoor spaces open to the outdoors, and the outdoor “rooms” appear to stretch to the distant horizon. It’s an ideal escape in the quiet hills north of Sao Paulo, a private piece of paradise.
The FT House spans a project area of over 10,000 square feet. It comprises an L-shaped volume that encloses the outdoor patio facing the panorama beyond. In the rear section, glass walls and sliding doors connect the interior and outdoor spaces into one large, flowing environment. Given Sao Paulo’s climate, the indoor/outdoor elements can be enjoyed year-round.
The material design of the home feels lively and tropical. Natural woods and stone colors form most of the structure, while white walls and ceilings provide a neutral base for furnishings to finish. Wooden screens, shown atop this article, are both visual accents and passive cooling systems for much of the home. These provide a bit more privacy and shielding from direct sunlight to keep interiors cool and private.
The FT House by Reinach Mendonça and collaborators fits very well in the modern Sao Paulo design identity. The architects of this region have championed indoor/outdoor living and the use of natural materials to create rich, vibrant modern homes. The FT House is another in this line, a success in design for a very fortunate family. [photography by nelson kon, hat tip archdaily]