A luxury modern dream home, Itahye Residence in Santana do Parnaíba, São Paolo Brazil was designed in a collaboration between two firms, Apiacás Arquitetos and Brito Antunes Arquitetura. Open terraces, courtyards and multi-levels of living space are what sets this architectural masterpiece apart from the rest.
A form of raw concrete, blackened steel and glass, finishes are modest yet resound with a sophisticated simplicity. Glass walls on all levels allow the home to be viewed and enjoyed whether from inside or out. A series of flat rooflines and cantilevered volumes become various terraces and landings with catwalks scattered across the structure. Wood-topped open railings teeter on platforms, while glass walls offer illusions making for most interesting spaces to move within.
The home itself is nestled into the deeply sloped land, which is what initially inspired the architect. Each level caters to a different living requirement, whether storage and utility, main living or private sleeping quarters. As such, the unobstructed views from all stories are downright exquisite. Minimalist interiors allow the materials to speak for themselves, casting a serenity across the home.
Screening also plays its part in the beautiful aesthetic with walls and windows receiving these timber elements which provide shading as necessary. Sliding wooden screens across windows fully open allowing for abundant cross-ventilation.
A double volume dining room soars and is met by an upper level wood-burning stove. Various sets of solid concrete staircases add a dramatic edge while connecting one floor to another. A grass-filled courtyard features a singluar tree with curved bark and an adjacent white rock garden. An amazing feature which can be observed from various perspectives of the home is the swimming pool which sleekly expands underneath one of the buildings.
Itahye Residence is a masterfully-planned modern dream home made from modest materials which exude a magnificient beauty.