Sorocaba House: A Modern House with Two Overlapping Volumes

Sorocaba House marks a local horizon with its two overlapping volumes. This modern house is located in a residential neighborhood in Sorocaba, Brazil. It is a 2014 project completed by Estudio BRA.

Volumes

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This house is composed of two overlapping volumes. The goal is to give fluidity to the house occupation and free up the largest possible area for living spaces. The upper floor is removed from the lower volume, making half of the house to seem float.

 

Design

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This house has large openings on the roof and facades to ensure an influx of natural lighting and ventilation. These openings also contribute to the main facades’ composition.

The living room downstairs can be opened to the garden completely thanks to the sliding glass panels, making an environment mix and creating a home extension to the outside as well.

The top floor openings are protected by wooden shutters painted white to ensure the bedrooms’ privacy.

 

Materials

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The main priority in this project is spatial richness.

The interior and exterior walls look awesome in white. A difference in the textures of the environments also can be seen in this house.

The floors of the interior are finished with granilite, bringing the garden into the house and mediating between the interior and exterior.

Through vertical openings, the vertical and horizontal circulations can receive natural light, transforming the spaces into small gallery that exhibits art objects. These are great aspects that can create a plastic result of contemporary identity for the house.

 

Details

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The structural mesh of this house is designed to release the maximum possible ground on a site of 7 by 22 meters.

A reinforced concrete girder is a result of the play of volumes. This girder is 14 meters in length, running through the side of the house.

 

Sorocaba House Gallery

Photographer: Lauro Rocha