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30/08/2018

Flavio Castro, Box House in São Paulo (Brazil)

 
The Brazilian architect Flavio Castro has built a house for himself in the city of São Paulo. The main challenge was to ensure privacy in the face of the proximity of the neighbors. The rectangular volume is fragmented into two parts, one on top of the other. The upper one closes itself up to the surroundings by means of an opaque enclosure of mobile steel panels, while the lower part opens up to the ground-level garden through sliding glass doors. Using prefabricated elements, the house presents a metal structure with slabs of concrete and incorporates two cruciform pillars that act as the construction’s main vertices. An inner courtyard and skylights together ensure natural lighting and ventilation. A green roof is instrumental to interior climate control.
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