São Paulo, Brazil, 2012-03-13 -
This house is an original construction of the 40s, it belonged to a great Brazilian artist, Victor Brecheret, the man behind great references in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. After the artist’s death, the property has never been occupied and during decades it served as a Foundation of part of his collection and a deposit. The architect Guilherme Torres was immediately attracted by its compact size (130 m²) and the privileged location in one of the most charming streets in the Jardins neighborhood in São Paulo.
The floor plan has not suffered many changes. The only things that has been changed over were the gaps, openings and coatings.
All the walls were covered with drywalls and received in some parts white paint and in others, a coating that resembles cement texture.
Up the stairs, from the original construction, you can see an art piece of Pinky Wainer, also responsible for the façade neon with the say: ‘land of the free, home of the brave’.
The master suite’s toilet is connected to a mezzanine above the kitchen where a bath tub was created. A retractable glass roof can be opened on summer days, to help leaving a mild climate. To soften the rays of sun, a wooden muxarabie, a registered trademark of the architect, was used as a covering following the same pattern of the front door of the house.
The architect chose this property to live and work. With just over 30 years and works in broad expansion, Guilherme Torres is considered one of the great names of Brazilian architecture.
Coming from the interior of Paraná state, Brazil, where he established his first office serving many cities of Brazil for 10 years. Guilherme wanted to translate in his own new space, the best way of a cosmopolitan life with a hint of pop.
The Studio Guilherme Torres moves from style to style developing architecture and interior projects and also signs a furniture line. The architecture receives timeless traits, a result of Guilherme’s admiration to the Escola Paulista de Arquitetura Modernista, which had its heyday in the 60s and 70s. For interiors the tendency is always to reflect the inquietude of our days. And design is a perfect match between both styles.
One can simply look to the house owner to understand the symbiosis between creation and creature. Guilherme is a lover of street art, electronic music and loves to create new tattoos for himself, and it is inside this cauldron of references where he receives his clients and friends.
Guilherme Torres is a perfectionist. I only use the word "perfectionist" here because the first two words that come to mind when trying to describe Guilherme Torres are "awesome" and "badass"...neither of which seem like the most appropriate way to begin what is supposed to be a scholarly and unbiased critique of his work. So just bear with me here...
Guilherme Torres is a perfectionist. It says so on his arm. Not in so many words, but via the Daft Punk quote that graces both his skin and the walls of his Londrina studio.
This unofficial motto describes a work ethic and commitment to quality that is readily apparent in his work. The crisp forms, minimalist details, and rich-but-reserved material palettes that characterize his designs are consistently applied across single-family residences, interior renovations, retail fit-outs, and of course...his own home and office. Balancing the rigorous aesthetic of the architecture, a certain playful levity can be found in the interior design of his projects.
The stark forms and subtle surfaces provide an appropriately quiet backdrop for the lively furnishings within, while the thoughtfully arranged spaces benefit from an astute attention to natural light. Taken together, his portfolio of work is an exceptional achievement, especially for someone so young. Up-and-coming designers everywhere would be wise to take note.
Guilherme Torres can be defined by Daft Punk’s music: work it harder better faster make it over, the sentence has become his motto and it has been tattooed on his arm and written on the walls of his studio.
His professional career started very early, when he was still a teenager, he worked as a designer in an engineering office, where he acquired the knowledge in the area and also the technical language.
A world citizen, Guilherme divides his time between his studios in São Paulo and Londrina, with a wide range of activities, from residential and commercial projects to furniture design, one of his passions. Owner of his own and authorial style, his works were granted many awards and publications.
Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Local: São Paulo, Brazil
Area: 130 m²
Photographs: Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio
Architects: Celso Oshiro, Jean Oliveira, Paulo Maignardi, Rafael Miliari, Raphael Lima, Vanessa Bercini
Designer: Xenia Itikawa
Administrative: Vitor Magon