nlight and the level of privacy desired by the customers. To the lateral neighbors, the façades are practically blind, because there are only vertical circulations and baths facing the exterior on it, in contrast to the front and back façades, which are quite transparent. The metallic edge of the upper volume, parallel to the street, reinforces the idea of volumetric independence between the ground floor and the upper floor.
Form and matter configure the peculiarity of this residence. White volumes, bricks and concrete, combined in different claddings and textures, are associated with the volume of careful and subtle angulations. Concrete, bricks, glass, wood and steel show themselves in their essence, without disguises. The concrete walls and slabs structure the spaces, while the large glass doors bring the landscape into the house. The volumes of bricks, highlighted by their volume and their function, give warmth to the spaces, in counterpoint to the coldness of the concrete and the glass. The spaces are interconnected by the various common pathways within the house, the dialectic between "seeing" and "being seen" happens, making it clear that it is a contemporary project. The constructive method is standard of the region, conceived from reinforced concrete and only few metallic elements.
Internally, the ground floor houses the social life of the residence in a wide space and integrated with a succession of spaces with single, double height ceiling, covered and uncovered, conferring different uses and diversity to the residence.
The intimate life of the house is separated and isolated on the upper floor, in contrast to the social life, on the ground floor. The upper floor is distributed in two separate cores: that of the couple bedroom, facing the lake, and that of the children, positioned in the front part of the residence, being connected by a catwalk. Generating integration with the lower space and providing access to a large terrace on the back facade facing the lake, the catwalk serves as a transition between internal and external, reinforcing the architectural parti, always seeking maximum contact with the environment and the nature.
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ArchitettiTorres & Bello Architects
Design TeamAlberto Torres and Audrey Bello Ramos
Curriculum studio / partecipanteTORRES & BELLO Arquitetos Associados is a company dedicated to the development of architectural and urbanistic projects.
Founded in Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, the Torres & Bello Arquitetos office is headed by Arqtª Audrey Bello Ramos, graduated from UFRGS and holdIing a Masters in Materials Engineering from ULBRA, and Alberto Torres, graduated from UFGRS.
A number of Torres & Bello projects have already won National and International Architecture Awards and Distinctions attesting the quality its projects such as the Architecture Biennial, the Brazilian Architecture Bureau Association Award, the Americas Property Awards, the LICC, the SBID and the CityScape Awards.