There was a request from the clients to achieve the maximum constructive capacity out of their standard plot of 10.8 x 35.2m, compressed between neighboring buildings, either built or under construction. The program desired by the couple, with different spaces to welcome and host guests, was challenging and reached to the limit of urbanistic restrictions, such as total area, occupancy area, permeability rate, and others. Contradictorily, there was still a demand for a sense of lightness and breadth all throughout the house.
It was proposed then, as a solution, to organize the program vertically, distributing it along a spiral path reaching from the basement to the rooftop, through different configurations of natural light influx. The refraction of light on the white surfaces creates, also, a dubiety in the apprehension of spatial limits, whose depth is not easily identified, as well as its precise characterization as internal or external. The atmosphere of the house results, thus, from this gradual overlapping of distinct ambiances, sometimes oriented to the inner space, at other times, intersected by voids or open to the exterior and to the views of the city.
Authors: Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes
Project Team: Marina Oba, Ana Julia
Structural Engineer: Eng. Ricardo Dias
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Eng. Eduardo Ribeiro
Light design: Eled Light
Construction: André Ambrósio
Location: Curitiba - Pr – Brasil
Fotos: Pedro Kok