From the architects:
Redux House is located in the countryside of São Paulo, Itatiba, in a gated community called Quinta da Baroneza. The open land slopes downwards with a West-facing view, and is on the edge of a large environmental preservation area of native forest. These aspects determined the location and orientation of the house, as well as the design approach.
The house is built on the highest level possible, respecting the existing topography in order to gain the view of the sunset and the vegetation with the least impact on the surroundings.
The building is composed of a slab floor, four programmatic boxes and a slab ceiling. Projecting perpendicular to the slab of the floor is a prone concrete monolith, incorporating the pool and deck, which terminates with a cantilever over the sloping ground.
The slab of the floor, at 50 cm above the ground is supported by beams set back, intensifying the soft way that the project was implanted onto the land. Visually, the house seems to float. The program is divided into four programmatic blocks. The first block contains the intimate area (4 bedrooms and sauna); the second only has the master suite. On the third, we have the services area (kitchen, laundry room, sitting room, bathrooms and maids’ rooms). Finally, in the last block there are the garage and the technical area.
The distribution of the blocks in the slab floor creates interstitial spaces, configuring circulation, terraces and the large space for the living room. This latter, enveloped by a skin of glass with sliding panels opens and creates a dialogue between the interior and exterior (native forest and the west). The slab of the roof, the same size as the slab on the floor, overlaps the programmatic volumes that, because of the different heights, sometimes lean on the roof, sometimes have a reduced ceiling height. The emptiness among the volumes and the slab creates an inner rhythm and, simultaneously, makes it possible to have improved natural lighting in the house.
The two main volumes that include the bedrooms are completely clad in vertically slatted wooden panels, which open almost entirely. In the day, those panels filter the sunlight creating a texture of light and shade and, at night, they transform the boxes into large lanterns that light up the land.