São Paulo’s Pacaembu Residence Reused Old Materials for the New House

09.02.19 | By
São Paulo’s Pacaembu Residence Reused Old Materials for the New House

The owners of an older home in São Paulo, Brazil, turned to DMDV arquitetos when it came time to decide what to do with it. After hearing what the clients wanted, the architects analyzed two possible scenarios to complete the project – work with the existing structure and add to it or tear the house down and start over with a new build. The latter won out and Pacaembu Residence was born.

The original house wasn’t just bulldozed and forgotten, though. They incorporated many of the materials into the new house, like the bricks on the facade, the stones in the landscaping, and the wood seen throughout.

The home is located on an irregular plot of land, which led to the overall design and layout of the house. Construction time was cut short by utilizing a metal structure, a decision that also allowed for large open rooms to flow to the gardens outdoors.

The street level, which is partially buried underground, features a 4-car garage, laundry, storage, and mechanical systems. The main public level is one floor up with the living room, dining room, kitchen, and TV room. This floor benefits from sliding glass doors that open the spaces up to the outdoor deck and pool around back, and a front garden off of the kitchen and dining area. The next floor up houses three bedrooms, including the primary bedroom, and finally, the very top floor contains the office with an outdoor space.

The living room’s double-height ceiling makes way for a massive white bookshelf that spans the room and single bulbs that hang down at various heights.

Photos by Maira Acayaba and Matheus Ribeiro (drone).

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.