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How do you design a house for sale? To everyone’s taste!

The house designed by Vão Arquitetura in Avaré, Brazil, is a fluid space in which every barrier is torn down, a versatile space that suits whoever is to live in it


Ownerless House by Vão Arquitetura in Avaré, Brazil

How do you design an original and modern house when you don’t yet know who is going to live in it? The plans for single-family houses usually respond to the desires and goals of specific clients; however, at times, the clients are just intermediaries of unknown future residents. In this case, the right approach is to create a series of spaces that are sufficiently flexible to suit the most disparate family dynamics: the perfect example is Ownerless House nº 01 by Vão Arquitetura, the first of three adjacent lots bought by a developer who intended to build a series of houses in Avaré, Brazil.

The whole project for the residence for sale was conceived like a voyage of discovery toward the house interiors, where open and closed spaces alternate each other and natural light and reflections, which change with the weather and the season, become an integral part of the décor. From the outside, the house looks like a sort of recess sculpted into a pre-existing building, where a sloping red wall steers the perspective in the direction of the start of the ‘voyage’.

The 600-mm incline of the site has been utilised to split the house into two levels: the first includes the social and service areas, which are accessible directly from the main entrance, whereas the second hosts the private areas, like the bedrooms and bathrooms, accessed through a staircase. The lounge, dining room, and kitchen are located in a courtyard at the core of the floor, which is surrounded by large transparent glass doors that render its physical boundaries almost undetectable. Both the patio and its indoor extension, a patch of floor in colourful graphic tiles, are covered by a continuous pergola, whose elements were pre-built individually and later assembled on site.

This technique was adopted studying the work of the Brazilian architect Rino Levi, who used extensively pre-built concrete elements to make the most of natural light in residential projects. The transition between public and private space is made possible by a garden illuminated with triangles of natural light that culminates in a cement bench standing by the pavement. A simple object that invites an act that is as natural as is forgotten: sitting and gazing at the street, allowing thoughts to take over. A house that avoids not just the physical barriers, but also the mental ones.


by Essia Sahli / 14 February 2018


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