Brazil. When an architect builds his own home

In Saõ Paulo, architect Flavio Castro designed and completed the Box House, a retreat for himself, born out of a simple gesture.

FCstudio, The Box House, São Paulo, Brazil, 2018

The Brazilian office FCstudio has carried out a residential project for Flavio Castro, the studio’s founder. The Box House is located in a relatively low-density area of the city of São Paulo; its lower floor is completely transparent, while the upper box results as an opaque volume made of metallic corrugated panels.

Glass and wood are framed in the metallic structure of the building; all the materials are exposed and their arrangement enhance the contrast between the ground floor and the first level, respectively containing the communal area and the private area with a second living room and a bedroom. The lower floor can be completely open to the surrounding garden, enclosed within a concrete wall and weathering steel gates. The building is crowned by a roof garden that, with the raising of the box, helps to maintain a thermal comfort in the tropical climate of the city.

The Box House
São Paulo, Brazil
single-family house
Principle architect:
Flavio Castro

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