Project: MLA House
Architects: Jacobsen Arquitetura
Location: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Area: 16,038 sq ft
Photographs by: Leonardo Finotti
MLA House by Jacobsen Arquitetura
Designed by a Rio de Janeiro based firm Jacobsen Arquitetura, the MLA House takes advantage of the tropical climate and the generous plot of land in the Jardins neighborhood of São Paulo.
This urban residence was developed with a brief to be comfortable and warm but still open to its surroundings. It is light and constructed with modern engineering of natural materials. The result is a single volume that runs parallel with one of its sides open completely to the lush garden landscape occupying the front.
From the architects: “An urban house, but nevertheless cozy, warm but open to the surroundings, light but also full of shadows, with modern engineering and using natural materials. These were the first clear concepts agreed with the owners for their future home in the Jardins neighborhood of São Paulo.
To this end, we thought to occupy the plot with a single volume that ran parallel to one of its sides, with a view of the dense garden created in front of this prism. The living and dining room — with a double-height ceiling — was centered in this volume and also features an indoor garden throughout the circulating area. The bedrooms, on the first floor, occupy the two ends of the volume and communicate via a walkway that bisects the double-height living room.
Seeking the best angle for sunlight and the most privacy, the pool and terrace were located in the back of the grounds. Large roof eaves, slender structure, transparencies and wood and stone finishing sought to achieve the sensations idealized by the couple for their house.”