Isay Weinfeld Architects projected this house for a graphic designer in Sao Paulo with a studio situate below street level opening onto a garden.
The two-story spacious house, fits an atelier, a swimming pool and a space for ballet routines, along with ample entertaining areas, two bedrooms and all other rooms suitable to a residence.
Due to restrictions laws, the building should not exceed two floors, and an underground floor was necessary to place the caretaker’s quarters and the atelier. As both areas open onto small but nice lawns, it does not feel like being underground at all.
On the middle floor, a few steps above street level, there are the sitting and dining rooms, the kitchen and a larger lawn. In the living room, a long shelving displays the owners collection, ranging from works of art to design and vintage objects.
On the upper floor, there are the bedrooms and the facilities for physical exercising: ballet and swimming. As this is a space meant for private use mainly, it is in the bedrooms, enclosed only by a screen of pre-cast concrete blocks, through which you are able to see the city skyline far away.
Above all, on the uppermost level, there is a wood-decked outdoors entertaining area, perfect for a get together, by day or by night.