Sumaré House by Isay Weinfeld Arquitecto


Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld designed this house for a graphic designer in São Paulo with a studio situated below street level opening onto a garden.

Called Sumaré House and completed in 2007, the two-storey house features a studio and a long étagère to display the owners work.


The project also includes a space for ballet and a swimming pool on the upper floor, next to the clients bedroom.

See our previous story about the Havianas store in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld.

Here's some more information from Isay Weinfeld:


Sumaré house is located in São Paulo, and was designed for a graphic designer.

The client wanted a spacious house, where she could work, exercise, entertain friends and, of course, live in.

Thus, we had to fit an atelier, a swimming pool and a space for ballet routines into the house, along with ample entertaining areas, two bedrooms and all other rooms suitable to a residence.

The plot is not a small one (700 sq mt), but due to construction (height) restriction laws, the building should not exceed 2 floors, and an underground floor was necessary.

There, we placed the caretaker's quarters and the atelier – as both areas open onto small but nice lawns, one does not feel like being underground at all.

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On the middle floor, a few steps above street level, there are the sitting and dining rooms, the kitchen and a larger lawn.

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In the living room, we designed a long étagère so the owner could display her collection, ranging from works of art to design and vintage objects.

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On the upper floor, there are the bedrooms – hers and a guest's – and the "facilities" for physical exercising: ballet and swimming.

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As this is a space she meant for private use mainly, she liked it when we suggested having it by her bedroom, enclosed only by a screen of pre-cast concrete blocks, through which she would be able to see the city skyline far away.

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Above all, on the uppermost level, there is a wood-decked outdoors entertaining area, perfect for a get together, by day or by night.

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Author: Isay Weinfeld
Collabotator: Domingos Pascali
Project Manager: Monica Cappa Santoni
Team: Juliana Scalizi, Elisa Canjani, Ilza fujimura, Marina cappochi,  Juliana Garcia, Leandro Garcia, Gustavo Benthien, Priscila Araújo, Fábio Rudnik

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Beginning of project: April 2003
Opening: May 2007
Construction area: 598,39 m²
Plot area: 700 m²

Posted on Thursday December 17th 2009 at 7:25 am by Natasha Lyons. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • shreyank

    impressive…. :) a must visit to brazil… and to this studio/house

  • Maham Z.

    may be we can see a collection of nice and unearthly ideas in a project such as hanging fireplace; but it doesn’t mean it is a good and creative design! I suppose it is a composition of previous ideas of details.

  • Interesting house. Congratulation to Isay Wrinfeld and his team.

  • zetre

    That’s sick!

  • Steven

    Oh my god. That’s absolutely INCREDIBLE! The way it all appears to float is awesome. I have seen that fireplace (is that what it’s even called?) before though, I really like the type.

  • lior

    I love this architect, almost every project he does is brilliant.

    Great design and the extra effort he put between the internal and external spaces.

    The only one comment I would say is change the yellow color of the staircase shell as it make it too commercial looking

  • ste

    nice interior and good spaces! the pillar in the first picture is just wrong ;-)

  • Ylse

    I think I’m in love …

  • Leandro Locsin

    very good attention to details!

  • angry catalan

    Good, not great. Very Brazilian, though, I like some ideas frequently used in Brazilian houses.

  • Twitteresque

    incredibly beautiful, but only interesting when built 50years ago..

  • João Ferreira

    It’s a dream house! Love it ;)

  • Martina

    makes me feel real proud about being brazilian.

  • Jeff


  • Nice pool

  • weinfeld work is always fantastic.
    the scale of the spaces is so perfect…
    the use of the materials is delicius.
    my arquitectural point of view definitly changed when i first visit on restaurante in rio de janeiro designed by Isay. (forneria)
    clean and precise space

  • Nice interior design and good use of precast elements.

  • GeGe

    It’s a clean and balanced combination of exposed and intimate spaces. I like the “heavy” feel of the first and second floor and the combination of the materials. The way the living spaces are hidden gives the feeling of being inside the outside. I wouldn’t hesitate in calling this awesome project a dream house. Very good work!

  • danhminh

    lovely + modern + private enough

  • Wei Huang

    Want to know about the detail of that facade skin.