This beautifully renovated 1940s home originally belonged to the great Brazilian artist Victor Brecheret, whose work can be seen throughout São Paulo. Upon his death, the home sat mostly vacant, housing some of the artist's works until Guilherme Torres came along and acquired it for use as a live work space. The Brazilian architect recycled and remodeled the two story home into a modern yet simple space that crosses back and forth easily between the indoors and outdoors. Much of the original home remains, except a few modern conveniences have been added along with Torres' aesthetic of a purist base with simple pops of color.
Guilherme Torres was attracted to Victor Brecherat’s old home because of its compact size (130 m²) and privileged location on one of the most charming streets in the Jardins neighborhood in São Paulo. The home enjoys a large entranced courtyard and is two stories with two bedrooms, two baths and a studio office for Torres. The floorplan was kept largely intact and the main changes included an update to the gaps, openings and wall coatings. Simple decor, furniture and a wide open layout make the home feel even bigger.
Upstairs the master suite enjoys access to a large terrace and a tub, which looks out over the open air kitchen. A retractable glass roof can be opened or closed over the kitchen, allowing the space to be open to the outdoors during warmer times and closed for cooler days or in inclement weather. Natural ventilation plays an important role in the home’s cooling system and a wooden muxarabie, a trademark-registered design by the architect, is used to provide shade and soften the sun’s rays. Outside at the entrance, a funky neon sign by Pinky Wainer blazes with the saying ‘land of the free, home of the brave’.
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