3-Storey Wall of Books Creates Privacy for Contemporary Home
Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Querosen House was designed by Grupo SP to take advantage of the of a low-lying site, 3 metres below street level. The home is concrete with Portuguese Stone floors and the North wall is a 3-storey shelving system that holds a staggering 7500 books accessed by metal platforms. The social zone takes advantage of the privacy on the lowest level offered by being below street level, while still maintaining views of the landscape beyond through the wall of glazings at the back of the residence.
With both sides of the home solid concrete walls, the library creates a camouflage to the mostly windowless wall while on the other side, the concrete wall is separated from the home by several feet, allowing for air and light to pass through. While the library zone is a 3-storey volume, the other side of the home – where the kitchen and bedrooms are located – are each single volumes.