The dashing new addition in wood and glass sits at the rear of the heritage house leaving the street façade undisturbed. Yet the old weatherboard home is seamlessly combined with the contemporary structure to create a cheerful synergy and a breezy living space that the entire family can enjoy.
The main volume of the house in concrete and standing on steel columns contains two different levels and house the living area along with the main bedrooms. An entirely different volume contains the guest bedrooms along with the fabulous sauna and home spa.
On the inside it is white that takes over from gray which dominates the façade with wood and different shades of gray playing second fiddle. A series of terrariums pavilions and terraces bring in plenty of natural light along with large framed glass windows that offer a constant glimpse of the ever-changing sights and sounds outside. Cheerful inviting and cozy this is a summer home that makes the most of the unique site it sits on.
It is barely a surprise that wooden slats and movable wooden panels are being increasingly used to revamp existing homes and breathe an air of freshness into new structures. Wood not only adds warmth to the façade of the house and gives it a distinct identity but also helps improve the passive solar capabilities of a home while regulating the ventilation within. It is one such transformation that one comes across at the in Australia as a classic federation house is given a cheerful modern ambiance and a smart top level addition.
Working around unique constraints presented by rugged landscape often brings the very best in architects and results in homes that reimagine conventional design. The irregular shape and sloped terrain of a corner lot in Bragança Paulista meant that Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados had to create an innovative home plan that overcame spatial and aesthetic hurdles.
At this point the roof seems even more captivating as the olive groves and giant gum trees outside fill the backdrop with constantly changing sights and sounds. The living area and the open deck are gently cantilevered above the landscape with the bedrooms connected directly with the central courtyard.
Features like the kitchen island with cooktop and the relaxing window seat with built-in storage further encourage interaction between family members. Forging a fine balance between refined flair and informal ambiance every little detail inside the Wooden Box is crafted to meet the specific needs of a modern family with an active lifestyle.