The process of creating this house was intense, due to the absence of the relation architect-client that allowed a natural development of it. In fact, there was never a formula of how to make a family housing, because creating it became a process of architectural research.
The initial condition of the house was the site. We tried to take advantage of the difficulty of operating in the site, to bridge the gap and to maintain the house firmed next to the floor, which became the guiding potential of the project.
Another initial premise was the desire to maintain the view of the hill ahead, a mark of the Lapa neighbourhood in São Paulo. The rationalization of the project came as a client’s request and the final result is a consequence of the creative process and the attempt to create cheap structural solution and investigate the material, on a way to achieve great spans and double height.
The minimum cost of the construction was not a premise to create the Maracanã House. The desire to create expressive spaces also demanded the use of big windows and the quality of it where important. The issue of cost was a balance between quality and needs. The stages of construction and finishing became unique in this work.
The site lies in a lower level of the street. The occupancy concept required the rising of a volume to shelter the intimal area. The double height enable the creation of a rupture between the social and private areas: the access floor feature a transition area. It is an hiatus between the access of the house and what can happen after wandering this space, it is a space that allows the comprehension of the whole site and its all possibilities.