Brownstone is an architectural style found in New York City. these buildings are characterized by lined and vertical houses with brown facades set in tall and narrow courtyards.
The project includes the reconstruction of one of these apartments, while trying to respect the historical character of this architecture and provide practical, contemporary and technological solutions for the sectorization of a wide program spread over six floors.
These six levels define the layout of the rooms, always well combined to take advantage of the limited flow of natural light guaranteed by only two facades. on the first floor there is a kitchen, office and backyard with barbecue.
This kitchen with its black counters and cabinets differs from the traditional light shades in the studio. to complete the dark atmosphere, white panels and wooden elements bring light to the surroundings.
the second floor is dedicated to the common areas – such as the bar, dining room and living room for visitors. as it was not possible to change the historic front façade, this floorboard was returned to the rear façade to provide more space and a new and wider window connecting the first and second floors.
to provide an intimate family space for a couple with 2 children – bedroom, gym, TV room, lounge with outdoor fireplace is located on 3 floors. the decoration contrasts with the dark facade neutral shades.
The oak floor in the upper level brings softness, while the limestone in warm shades and fabrics and furniture in earthy tones subtly refer to the natural colors of the Middle East, the homeland of the owner.
clients require a closed carpenter with clean lines and some decorative elements that appreciate the minimalist aspect. interest in Brazilian identity is underlined by a wide selection of furniture – mostly designed by Arthur Casas – and works of art. The highlight of the project is the indoor pool, which is located underground.
A novelty in this atmosphere is the natural lighting guaranteed by the skylight, which also divides the space into storage and technical spaces. to complete the lighting, lighting niches and linear built-in lighting improve the geometric design of the wooden bench, a strategy that replicates throughout the house.