Vertical House by Isay Weinfeld

Vertical House by Isay Weinfeld

Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Year: 2006
Area: 3,767 sqft
Photo courtesy: Leonardo Finotti
Description:

This house was intended for a youthful single man on a tight urban site covering just 180 square meters. Having a full program to consider – other than the typical rooms, the customer longed for a visitor room, an exercise center, a swimming pool and guardian’s quarters – , we chose to construct the house vertically and to advance the rooms upwards on split-levels: a storm cellar, four over the ground floors and a housetop patio.

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Down in the cellar are a little rec center and sauna. On ground floor, set between a passage court where a set pattern in the rooftop acquires common light and lets a Yellow Ipê tree to ascend through and develop, and a little walled-in patio nursery and swimming pool in the back of the plot, an elevated, twofold tallness lounge room is the center space in the house.

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On mezzanine level, lounge area and kitchen ignore the parlor underneath, while a little patio in the open watches out onto the road. One level up is the expert suite with an east-bound overhang; another level above is a visitor room with a west-bound gallery. At last, on the highest level, a housetop porch crowns the thickly stuffed structure.

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