Casa Grecia
by Isay Weinfeld

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Slideshow: a mysterious orange door on a suburban São Paulo street leads to a dream house and gardens designed by architect Isay Weinfeld.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

The house includes a cinema, wide outdoor patios for entertaining and a swimming pool running the length of the garden.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

The four boxy shapes that make up the house are each finished in a different material – pebble-blasted concrete for the living quarters, exposed concrete for the office, wood for the entertaining area and sand-blasted concrete for the dining area.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

An indoor garden leads to the main floor, where the living rooms, kitchen, bedrooms and entertaining areas are situated.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

The entertaining areas include five patios, a cinema room and a long swimming pool.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

On the lower floor is the gym and children's playroom, and in the basement is the sauna.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

A large garage also provides room for the homeowner's collection of classic cars.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

The house and patios are positioned to make the most of the natural light while keeping the temperature cool.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

Existing trees on the site were incorporated into the patio design, and a plant-filled atrium with multiple skylights sits between corridors in the centre of the house.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

We recently featured another house in São Paulo by Isay Weinfeld. See more work from the architect here.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

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Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Here's more information from the architects:


Grecia House

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

Grecia House is located on a corner plot featuring 4.830 sq m in a residential area in São Paulo, Brazil.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

The client wanted a house where he could enjoy the company of his kids and many friends intensely.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

For that purpose, he asked for ample and various entertaining areas, such as a cinema room, a recreation room for the children and a sauna.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

And being a sports enthusiast, he wanted the house to feature a large gym room and a long swimming lane as well.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

From the main entrance, one approaches the house – set at the back of the land - by foot, up and through a wooded area, and across a wide garden.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

The house comes then fully to sight: 4 joined but distinct blocks, respectively covered with pebble-blasted concrete plaques (living quarters), exposed concrete (office), wood planks (entertaining area) and sand-blasted concrete plaques (dining and service areas).

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

A driveway set at the back of the house can be used by those arriving by car.

Casa Grecia by Isay Weinfeld

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Past a garage where the owner keeps his antique cars collection and up through a lush indoor garden, one comes to the main floor, where all living and entertaining areas are to find – except for the gym and recreation rooms, located on the lower floor, and the sauna, on the basement.

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The location of the house was also defined by (huge) existing trees. An important part of the concept, the decision to build small patios and gardens around them allows for broad natural light and ventilation inside the house, helping to keep temperature cool and pleasant green views whichever way one looks at.

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Project information

Architecture
Author: Isay Weinfeld
Collaborator: Domingos Pascalis
Project manager: Monica Cappa Santoni
Team: Gustavo Benthien, Leandro Garcia

General contractor:
Mfc Construtora

Structural engineer:
Eduardo Duprat

Foundation engineer:
Apoio Consultores

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Mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering and air conditioning:
Tesis Tecnologia e Consultoria de Sistemas em Engenharia Ltda

Pre cast concrete panels:
Concresteel pré-fabricados de concreto
Pedras belas artes – montagem
Stamp painéis arquitetônicos
Gmm tecnologia em fixação de rochas

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Landscaping design: Isabel Duprat

Manufacturers:
Pre cast concrete panels: Concresteel
Stamp painéis arquitetônicos

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Flooring with old wood: Brasil Jacaranda
Glass mosaics: Vidrotil
Glass work: Queiros Vidros
Ceramic tiles: NGK
Lighting: Companhia de Iluminação
Metal workers: Serralheria Clone, Metalúrgica swat
Sanitary ware: Deca
Stone flooring and wall covering: Lesec Marmoraria
Woodframes and exterior wooden panels: Legno marcenaria, Pillon marcenaria
Woodworks: Legno marcenaria

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Materials
Exterior finishings:
Walls: wood/ pre-cast concrete panels/ concret
Flooring: wood deck
Swimming pool: ceramic tiles
Windows: tempered glass 12 mm / wood frames
Parapets: laminated glass 20 mm

Interior finishings
Walls: plaster painted white/ pre-cast concrete panels/ wood panels/ fabric panels
Flooring: antique wood
Ceiling: gypsum board
Doors: painted wood

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Program
Upper floor
Living room, dining room, TV room, office, toilet, bedrooms, bathrooms, linen closet, family room, courtyard, employees rooms (living room, bedrooms and bathrooms), swimming pool, kitchen, laundry, storage

Ground floor
Kids room, fitness, dressing rooms, music studio, parking garage

Basement
Sauna, bathrooms, mechanical room

  • Colonel Pancake

    I live in a one bedroom apartment.

  • cuneese

    I like how the gardener shamelessly features in the pictures.

  • Zhang

    Who’s the owner and what’s his profession? :O

  • Paul

    His wife probably said: "Oh my god, I want a house that is like soooo big, because big houses are so beautiful!"

  • Raban

    I like how the dog shamelessly features in the pictures.

  • lolo

    "The client wanted a house where he could enjoy the company of his kids and many friends intensely." First he would have to find where they are in this big house…

  • Mert

    Lina Bo Bardi has just turned in her grave.

  • adam

    A house for a Dictator with taste

  • noyz

    Brazil 2016 Olympics will be held in this house.

  • http://robotsinmasquerade.blogspot.com Ioann

    "Dream House" is an understatement. Would love to know who lives there!

  • ok45some

    “The client wanted a house where he could enjoy the company of his kids and many friends intensely.”

    When one achieves this degree of exhibitionism, there are no friends around. And the gymnasium… after the first week will be seldom be used.

  • lado shonia

    looks like a ''Paraty house'' by Marcio Cogan.

  • Heeseo

    love the pug :3

  • icup

    This guy must be a football star..lol

  • T.,T

    the only thing i CAN like is the yellow door !

  • Juan Carlos Lijeron

    nice weather…

  • kessler ad

    This is a project from 2009! Not new and not so splendid.Why did you have big things with big money? Could Dezeen publish some 2012 or 2013 projects !

    • xtiaan

      Yeah I’ve noticed that recently too. It’s hardly “Our mission is simple: to bring you a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world before anyone else” here any more.

      • http://www.dezeen.com Marcus Fairs

        We were sent a new set of photos of the building, which is why we decided to publish it. Maybe we should have made that clearer in the story!

  • xtiaan

    It’s all a bit too ‘gauche coke-dealer hideout’ for me…

  • Marc

    What most of you might not know is that this house is in the middle of Sao Paulo in the most expensive area, and not in its suburbs. The other day I passed by the yellow door and found it cute, but I never imagined that all this was behind. With all my respect to Isay’s work, I find this craaaazy…

  • http://www.coloradogreenlandscaping.com/photo-gallery/patios/ Dever Patioso

    My dream house! How lovely to have five elegant patios in one house, I think every side of the house has its own patio, it has a paved type, deck type and even cemented type.

  • ethan

    Simply stunning. Love this house. Amazing architecture, clean lines, gorgeous space. Just beautiful!