Posted by switch-smith at 8:50 AM . Friday, August 27, 2010
An incredible home/art gallery by Humberto Hermeto:
"In an irregular terrain with 3160 sqm, we needed to incorporate two uses:
The first one, a big residence, with five suites, generous living and leisure spaces, in addition to the service dependencies.
The second, a large gallery for the owner, an art enthusiast.
The shape of the site, at first glance a complicating factor for its irregular form, guided the project. In the existing vertical gap (10 meters in total), the first action: different uses in different levels.
In the lower level, the gallery, the stereotomic volume. With the need for an air-conditioned closed space, the volume arises from the ground like a big rock, a big platform.
At the top level, the residence, the tectonic volume. And the second action: to get the most of the existing views, the residence is distributed under a continuous roof (81 meters), constituted by a reinforced concrete portico. This portico sets the residence´s built volume. And the residence is distributed under the roof, according the needs of each space: access , recreation area, kitchen, living room, bedrooms. The existing views guide the various openings: from every room one sees the mountains....
Communication between the various levels of the residence is made by a central core that contains an elevator. It connects directly the first level of the gallery to the residence level. In an intermediate level, it connects the service and garage floor (and the mezzanine of the gallery)."
The spacious interior is furnished with some 20th Century design classics, including an Oscar Niemeyer Rio rocking chaise lounge, and a set of 10 Kai Kristiansen No. 42 dining chairs.
Photos by Jomar Bragança, via arch daily.