40 Years On – Design Still Relevant
Sweeping concrete and nearing extinction Brazilian wood reflect the permanent construction mode of Sao Paulo, and Brazilian Architect Marcos Acayaba unwittingly captured its essence back in 1975.
Perched in the overarching treetops on four points, Residencia Milan has become iconic in Brazilian architecture as a feat in design, an exploration into different techniques and the mark of what great things can happen when giving an architect “carte blanche”.
Whilst the property was the tenth house Acayaba designed, it is said to be his favourite out of all his works. Only 28 when building was complete, the property has since been described as modernist, simple and lyrical.
Originally designed for his sister-in-law, Acayaba was given only three criteria; four bedrooms, a long swimming pool and a photography studio. What could not have been anticipated was the unique materials to follow, the meticulous intergration of the landscape and the engineering feat of an overarching parabola shape as a lightweight roof.
The interior features clear separated spaces. Entertaining and communal rooms are designated a lower space in the house, whilst personal rooms are on the second floor. Velvet cushions, exposed Brazilian wood Perobinha-do-Campo, glass walls and a Chinese rug show an eye for design beyond the property’s technical features.
Acayaba is famous for his integration of modern engineering with ecologic sustainability, and never shies away from complimenting the beautiful Sao Paulo landscape.
Hannah Barry, Contributor