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Bento House, where functionality is essential

Flavio Castro

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Flavio Castro

Like a metallic container placed above exposed concrete walls, this house establishes two types of relationship with the surroundings. The upper floor can be closed 100% to block sunlight, guarantee privacy and acoustically isolate intimate spaces. But, if chosen, the facade opens at strategic points for lighting and ventilation. The ground floor, in the opposite way, opens up to the garden a fluid way. The notion of inside and outside is weakened by the large glass openings, while the furniture establishes a harmonious dialogue between architecture and the Brazilian design of the pieces. We designed some of them, such as the Brasilia coffee table, the Ensamble dining table, the Box side table, and the Move bench. The lower floor supports the ground floor and is in the basement so as not to block the view of the perimeter gardens. The project is a contemporary urban residence for a young couple with two young daughters. So functionality is essential. The materials are sincere, unadorned. Steel, wood and concrete are shown as they are and the natural wear of each of them serves as a very welcome testimony within the concept adopted. From the public street, the Bento house is shy, discreet. The folded metal sheet of the upper floor and the gate creates a visual barrier so that, after crossing it, the visitor can perceive that the ground floor is integrated with the garden and represents an oasis in the midst of the urban fabric of São Paulo. The transition between this two-floor residence is the fundamental part of it. The hanging metallic struccture stair, which doesn’t touch the ground, communicate lightness to house’s facade. The circulation area to the basement, was made in precast concrete on- the -spot. The zenith openings of the residence light up the rooms with natural light over the course os a day. Thus bathrooms, closets and the circulation área are Always lightned. Some elements makes a residence an more enviromentally engaged. Facts such as solar heating (water), vertical gardens, cross ventilation and construction technique adopted - prefabricated -(speed) generate an efficient house quality. The architecture respected the real conditions of the place, in the organization of the plant and in the definition of materials, passing through the design of the details. During the sunset, the house becomes a flashlight building, in such a way that it can be contemplated even at night. Our studio did the whole project, including architecture, interior and lighting project... we also designed some pieces for the residence. That conexion bewteen the facades and the internal parte shows the importance of applying the same rationale on the architecture and indoors.


 Jardim Paulista, São Paulo
 424 mq
 Flavio Castro
 Flavio Castro, Julia Vilanova
 André Mortatti


FCstudio was founded by architect Flavio Castro after completing the architecture undergraduate program at Mackenzie University, in Brazil and acquiring a master's degree at UPC, in Spain. Before and during this period he collaborated with national and international architecture practices.
Founded in 2003, FCstudio currently has a multidisciplinary team formed depending on each project´s complexity. The studio´s design reflects Castro’s understanding of architecture, taking into account the constant technological and human changes.
The theoretical basis combined with more than 15 years of experience in projects and construction makes the office a complete production core.
FCstudio has received important awards such WAF (World Architecture Festival - Singapore), IPA (International Property Awards - England), IDA (International Design Awards – USA), WA (World Awards - Brazil), WAN (World Architecture News – England) and Architizer A+ Awards (USA), among others.


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