Felipe Hess: Casa Lara

In the middle of two tropical gardens, this house in São Paulo develops with seamlessly spaces, in a continuous interaction between indoors and outdoors.

Felipe Hess, Casa Lara, São Paulo, Brasil
Casa Lara was designed for a young business man who loves to receive friends in his place and wanted a simple practical house.
The house is located in the middle of the plot in a São Paulo’s residential neighbourhood, so that the architects managed to create two gardens. The one on the entrance, works as a little private rainforest tropical garden. After opening the entrance door from the street you access the house trough this garden. The big trees hide some of the house giving it a mysterious atmosphere.
Felipe Hess, Casa Lara, São Paulo, Brasil
Felipe Hess, Casa Lara, São Paulo, Brasil

After passing the garden you reach a living room, that opens to both gardens. This space has a simple concrete floor, contrasting with the dark embuia wood and the stone box that houses kitchen, laundry, storage, stairs, toilet and services. The kitchen, located inside the stone box, totally opens to the dining room by a huge sliding door. The back garden has a pool and a sauna behind the wall.

The superior block, with a wooden-cladded facade, houses three bedrooms. It sits over the two boxes on the ground floor, one cladded with stone and the other with metal. The metallic one, houses the toilet and has some views to the garden.

On the top of the house a box surrounded by curtain houses a barbecue area and has a solarium around it with a 360 view of the city.

Casa Lara, São Paulo, Brasil
Program: single-family house
Architects: Felipe Hess
Design Team: Felipe Hess, Federico Concilio
Area: 300 sqm
Completion: 2015

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