"...This house is an original construction of the 40s,it belonged to a
great Brazilian artist, Victor Brecheret, the man behind great
references in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
After the artist’s death, the property has never been occupied and
during decades itserved as a Foundation of part of his collection and a
deposit. The architect Guilherme Torres was immediately attracted by its
compact size (130 m²) and the privileged location in one of the most
charming streets in the Jardins neighborhood in São Paulo.
The main concept was to update the building, reflecting the
contemporary language of the newcomer. The floorplan has not suffered
many changes.The only things that has been changed over were the gaps,
openings and coatings. All the walls were covered with drywalls and
received in some parts white paint and in others, a coating that
resembles cement texture.
Up the stairs, from the original construction, you can see an art
piece of Pinky Wainer, also responsible for the façade neon with the
say: ‘land of the free, home of the brave’.
The master suite’s toilet is connected to a mezzanine above the kitchen
where a bath tub was created. A retractable glass roof can be opened on
summer days, to help leaving a mild climate. To soften the rays of sun, a
wooden muxarabie, a registered trademark of the architect, was used as a
covering following the same pattern of the front door of the house.
The architect chose this property to live and work. With just over 30
years and works in broad expansion, Guilherme Torres is considered one
of the great names of Brazilian architecture.
Coming from the interior of Paraná state, Brazil, where he
established his first office serving many cities of Brazil for 10 years.
Guilherme wanted to translate in his own new space, the best way of a
cosmopolitan life with a hint of pop.
The Studio Guilherme Torres
moves from style to style developing architecture and interior projects
and also signs a furniture line. The architecture receives timeless
traits, a result of Guilherme’s admiration to the EscolaPaulista de
Arquitetura Modernista, which had its heyday in the 60s and 70s. For
interiors the tendency is always to reflect the inquietude of our days.
And design is a perfect match between both styles.
One can simply look to the house owner to understand the symbiosis
between creation and creature. Guilherme is a lover of street art,
electronic music and loves to create new tattoos for himself, and it is
inside this cauldron of references where he receives his clients and
I couldn't help but quote word for word on this project - I am more and more drawn to the South American style of design and Architecture - there is something light, uncluttered and inviting about it. Lived in, to be lived, to live a happy life within...
Concrete finish on the walls, that little indoor garden and kitchen - and then the upstairs terrace with the openair bath... I would add a nice comfy sofa, an open fireplace and a window with a view.
After a short absence from the blogsphere (and I do apologize for the lack of inspiring posts these last few weeks)(and I do promise to explain soon the reason behind it...)(it all being good news I may add...) I am back, and hopefully this time round no more long absences!
I thought as autumn evenings draw near, and with winter around the corner - these inviting images of a beautiful and warm Scandinavian home will just do the trick to get everyone in the mood for those long wintry nights in front of a roaring fire!
White is often seen as stark or even sterile - and it could be everything but warm and inviting. Yet I feel there's a certain 'lived-in-homeliness' when dreaming about the home above. I love the stack of neatly packed logs, the children's room is fun and exciting amongst the otherwise pristine space.
Some grey's and browns in the 2nd last image really adds a nice touch of warmth