Excerpt: Casa Suki, designed by Obra Arquitetos, has the design concept of simplicity and intimacy as their characteristics. The transparent facade of the house divides two types of materiality that transmit different aspects for privacy and climate comfort. The home contrasts the black exterior with the light coloured interior of the white walls.
[Text as submitted by architect] The house concept involved designing spaces that bring up simplicity and intimacy as their characteristics.
The house, seen from the street, is marked by horizontality. The transparency of the façade is divided into two types of materiality that transmit different aspects: in the upper part, the wired glass gives privacy to the residents while allowing the passage of natural light to the interior; as for the back and below street level, the transparent glass begins to reveal the internal spatial amplitude.
The social access, below the street level, directs people to the genkan (environment at the entrance of the house where people take off their shoes) which is under the living room level. Starting from the middle level of the living room, in the lower and more intimate part, there are the three bedrooms, bathrooms and office. In the upper part, and with access to the garage, there is the service area and the kitchen, next to a porch with a barbecue.
We sought to use natural materials involving the technical characteristics of each one of them. Concrete was used where it acts as a structural element and support. Steel is present in the “Y” pillar in the garage and, on the roof, it is in the beams, gutters and thermoacoustic tiles. The frames throughout the house are made of wood.
The home contrasts the black exterior with the light colored interior of the white walls, the light gray polished concrete floor and the wood furniture and flooring on the lower level. In addition, the brightness of the interior comes from the natural lighting provided both by the frames and by the shed present on the roof.