Originally constructed in the 40s, and once belonging to Brazilian artist Victor Brecheret, this São Paulo home has been renovated by, and is now lived in by architect Guilherme Torres.
After Brecheret's death, the property was unoccupied and over several decades it served as a Foundation for part of the artist's collection.
Torres was attracted by home's compact size, and privileged location in one of the most charming streets in the Jardins neighborhood in São Paulo.
The 130 square metre the floor plan has not suffered many changes - Torres only elected to intervene in terms of the gaps, openings and coatings. All the walls were covered with drywalls; painted white in some areas, and in others, given a coating resembling cement texture.
Flooded with light, the home has a retractable glass roof which can be opened on summer days, and to soften the rays of sun, a wooden 'muxarabie' - a registered trademark of the architect - was used as a covering following the same pattern of the front door of the house.
Upstairs, there's an artwork by Pinky Wainer; the artist also responsible for the neon sign on the façade which announces; ‘Land of the free, home of the brave’ to all comers.
Photography Denilson Machado – MCA.