An Exuberant Home for Entertaining
An extroverted and energetic client wanted “a house where he could enjoy the company of his kids and many friends intensely.”
To meet the brief for the Grecia House, Isay Weinfeld created a wide-open home with five patios.
These create a series of ample and various entertaining areas for his extroverted client.
The house is set high in the hills of suburban Sao Paulo.
From the main entrance, one approaches the house – set at the back of the land – by foot, up and through a wooded area, and across a wide garden. The house comes then fully to sight.
A sports enthusiast, the energetic client wanted the house to feature a large gym room and a long swimming lane as well.
The long lap pool part of the lavish entertaining area, is also an aesthetic feature of the house.
The patios are positioned to make the most of the natural light while keeping the temperature cool.
The broad park like setting of very old trees is reflected in the generous proportions of the large entertainment pavilions.
To keep the huge trees, the decision was made to build small patios and gardens around them, bringing natural light and ventilation inside the house.
So trees on the site are generously included into the patio design, rather than being torn down in construction.
Lush greenery was left in place to help keep the temperature cool and to offer pleasant green views from inside.
In some places the actual interior is glassed off around an existing tree on the site, allowing it to continue growing through.
The apparently huge park-like setting is actually in a residential area of suburban Sao Paulo.
A bold orange door on a São Paulo street corner marks the gigantic plot in a residential neighbourhood in Brazil.
Guests would enter past a gallery-like space where the owner displays his antique car collection.
The entrance to the interior of the house is through the atrium.
This is accessed through the garage.
A cool plant-filled indoor garden under multiple skylights leads to the main floor living rooms, kitchen, bedrooms and entertaining areas.
Isay Weinfeld has created a generous and exuberant house that truly reflects the unique and extroverted personality of its owner.
And for an entertainer, the party directions are easy. “It’s the orange door on the corner – you can’t miss it!”