Piracicaba House by Isay Weinfeld


Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

This holiday home by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld comprises three perpendicular volumes built into a slope in Piracicaba, Brazil.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

A half-submerged garage and storage area is the lowest of three elements and punctuated by a series of concrete pillars.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

Above, the ground floor forms an L-shaped plan with the living and dining space in one wing and the kitchen and services in the other.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

The ground floor has a curtain wall of glazing in front of the living and dining room to afford views of a swimming pool, while the adjacent wing is clad in vertical concrete slabs.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

The first floor, which houses the bedrooms, sits above the kitchen and services with a roof terrace formed over the other wing.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

All photographs Nelson Kon and Luiza Sigulem.

Here's some more from the architects:

This is a getaway house erected in the city of Piracicaba, 250km away from São Paulo.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

It is intended to serve as a meeting point for a family whose members are scattered across various cities around the state.

The 2,000m2 (21,500 ft2) land resulted from merging 2 corner-lots in a gated condominium.

Not only did the position of the house take into account the sloping contour of the land, but also its orientation (North), as to provide the bedrooms and social areas with the best possible sunlight.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

The distribution on 3 floors arranged in perpendicular axes allows the land displacement to be overcome naturally, and makes the garden accessible from any floor:

- the lower ground, semi subterranean and positioned in the lowest level of the land, parallel to the contour lines, houses storage areas, the mechanical room and garage - that standing on grid pillars.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

- the ground floor, laid out as an L and accessible from the street through an S-shaped ramp, houses the service areas and the lounge/dining room - the latter, fully encased in glass, on one side overlooks the back portion of the land and merges with the pool deck through wide sliding doors; on the other side, is shielded from the sun and secluded from the street by a long sun baffle made of large vertical concrete slabs, unevenly placed along the whole facade.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

- the upper floor, a volume that stretches perpendicularly to the contour of the land and that, at one end, cantilevers towards the street, and at the other is planted on the higher section of the land, houses the bedrooms and the den – the latter opening onto a large wooden deck, build on the ceiling slab over the lounge/dining room.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

The swimming pool is snug in the nook of the “L” formed by the social and service areas, and the slope rising to the higher sections of the land.

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

Santo Amaro House by Isay Weinfeld

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See also:


PL House by Maculan
and Morais
Guarujá House
by Bernardes + Jacobsen
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Posted on Friday October 1st 2010 at 2:46 pm by Joe Mills. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Nico

    Most interesting house I’ve seen in years!, congratulations!

  • Esmmh

    I got very confused looking at these images. Some of the spaces did not seem to relate to one another and I could not work out where some of the spaces were on the plan. I went to the architect's website and realised that this is actually two separate houses on different sites. One is called Santo Amaro and one is called Piracicaba. Dezeen I think you've made an error by showing them as one project. They should be displayed as two projects.

  • Hi Esmmh,

    Thanks for pointing this out. A few images from another project slipped in. They have now been removed.

    Love Dezeen

  • Paulo

    We've seen it all before. Isay Weinfeld is too ingrained to modernist values, and modernism is over! Time to move ahead and think architecture contemporarily.

    • Bopp

      Isay Weinfeld might use the modernist form but in most of his projects they use it with a certain contemporary attitude.

    • bonsaiman

      What do you mean modernism is over? I thought it was all over the place.

  • Oscar is everywhere in Brazilian architecture. I love this sensual thing on it! The curves, materials… Maravilloso!

  • kle

    I absolutely love it with no conditions !

  • makes me want to leave everything behind and move to brazil, and work for Isay Weinfeld.

    b e a utiful

  • Tripper

    Nobody needs a "new" Oscar Niemeyer. One is enough. I agree with Paulo's post.

  • Gago

    A good work is a good work. Is better by far than many things that I´ve seen.

  • Beautiful, yes, but by mentioning Sao Paulo it makes me think about the percentage of people that could actually live in this type of place. More low priced housing could be inspired by this, possibly using (the very popular) shipping containers as a frame work with features like the staircase at the end facade (pictures 5,10,15). Just a thought…

  • well balanced

  • Rico

    Hey Tripper, speak for yourself!!! It is a shame we only have one Oscar… I met him, small man, gigantic personality and will.
    Well balanced building and very good application of modern principles. Great simplicity of form and to attention detail.

  • Gorgeous! I love the flow, the lighting scheme, the composition, the colors. Especially love the relation to nature– good site planning.
    Can't we finally stop calling this Modernism when we've already lived through post-Modernism. Calling on architects to design a new term!

  • Cool. It's good to see classic modernism back as a retro thing. It is meant to be retro, right?

  • Nigel

    Just because it is in brazil and painted white doesnt mean it resembles a neimeyer moron

  • Blake

    Why is it that every project that an Architect does needs to fit in neatly within an "ism". Surly to make statements like we have moved passed modernism or post modernism is a quick way to generalise a whole design era and throws away many qualities from these design styles that have architectural merit. Can it not just be? So what if it takes some influence from modernism? Was it all-bad?

    I doubt the architect at the time was thinking, “How can I make this design feel more contemporary.”

  • Especially beautiful at night.