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Renovated 1950’s House Combines Modernism and Contemporaneity

This renovated 1950’s house in São Paulo, Brazil is a project Lab Arquitectos completed in 2013. The boxy structure stands partially surrounded with a concrete wall and a green privacy bush. Made of concrete, the building looks rather inviting with its traditional roof and wooden window shutters.

It is pretty modern from the first sight, but when you get a chance to see what’s behind that fence, contemporary design approach shows.

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1950s Home in São Paulo
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Casa Butanta yard with a swimming pool

Big windows on the lower level ensure plenty of natural lighting in the public areas. Glass doors make for indoor/outdoor atmosphere. An incorporated pergola provides the adjoining porch/terrace with some sun protection.

Inside, the modernist furniture as well as reclaimed and vintage wood make a considerable bulk of decor, but some contemporary elements emerge in technology and lighting. Exposed concrete also makes for a very sleek contemporary look in places like kitchen and bathroom.

As in any contemporary home, each and every room/area has a window, including a narrow hallway between the rooms that makes for a light and pretty spacious home office.

Green backyard benefits from odd trees and bushes, but what really makes it so great is the green privacy wall echoed by vertical planters throughout the perimeter.

(Photography by Marcelo Kahn)

Renovated 1950’s House in Brazil

The deck frames the pool entnirely
The deck frames the pool entirely
Indoor-outdoor living area with a fireplace
Indoor-outdoor living area with a fireplace
Partially glazed terrace with an adjoining wooden pool deck
Partially glazed terrace with an adjoining wooden pool deck
Two parallel sofas provide plenty of lounging room
Two parallel sofas provide plenty of lounging room
Living room views
Living room views
Living area full of natural light
Living area full of natural light
Dining area
Dining area
Concrete kitchen walls contrast with reclaimed wooden elements
Concrete kitchen walls contrast with reclaimed wooden elements
Spacious bedroom comes with a built-in closet and cool ceiling beams
Spacious bedroom comes with a built-in closet and cool ceiling beams
Home office with a long desk and a letterbox window
Home office with a long desk and a letterbox window
Only a couple of thin shelves provide storage space
Only a couple of thin shelves provide storage space
Another bath with a reclaimed wooden door
Another bath with a reclaimed wooden door
A small balcony offers a breath of fresh air to make each morning
A small balcony offers a breath of fresh air to make each morning
Kid's room with a loft
Kid’s room with a loft
Concrete bathroom with a built-in vanity
Concrete bathroom with a built-in vanity
Shower with an outdoor access
Shower with an outdoor access

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