Project: RLF House
Architects: CR2 Arquitetura
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Area: 4,305 sf
Photographs by: Fran Parente
RLF House by CR2 Arquitetura
The RLF House is a luxurious contemporary residence designed by CR2 Arquitetura in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This 4,305 square foot home spans across two stories, located around a beautifully landscaped courtyard that has two tiers. This project is actually a renovation of a home with a rather dark interior. After the renovation, it is quite clear that there is no trace left of the dark interior.
The dark materials, compartmentalized spaces and small window frames made the spaces very dark in this 400m² house built in the middle of Jardim América, in São Paulo. Significant part of what could be the garden was used for circulation, rooms and laundry area. So the 15x42m site seemed small for everything there.
Since the idea was to renovate, demolishing the main block was out of the discussion. The major structural change was to eliminate the service block and the 2 walls around it. In this spaces we made a new construction, in which we programmed a bathroom and a kitchen facing the dining room, in addition to the previously eliminated uses.
The entire block uses Accoya cladding, in order to camouflage the different doors and new spaces. And the 90cm indentation of the roof created a covered walkway around the entire building and more visual permeability as we now have a garden on both sides. Upstairs, the roof of this new building and the existing one ended up forming an ‘L’ which is entirely occupied by a roof garden.