This Mansion Is Designed To Fit Your Dreams

If you could have anything in your dream house, what would you choose? That’s what the owner of this mansion in Porte Algre, Brazil asked himself before approaching Hype Studios to build this luxury suburban masterpiece. This project is one example of what can be achieved by architecture and teamwork, working to bring alive a client’s dream house for having a great space to host friends and a show room for forty cars.

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The Hype Studios team are responsible for a number of unique building projects in different countries. As well as residential projects, their designs embrace top-level commercial projects and sports facilities. They approach each with the philosophy that each building they create has a soul.

Cantilever window blinds allow the dwellers control over natural light and towards the back of the building an inner yard with glass panel roofing blends the transition from inside to outside.

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We spoke to one of the lead designers, Fernando Balvedi, to get his take on Jardim do Sol House.

THE PLUS: What was it like working with the team for this project?


Fernando Balvedi:
It was great, because the project demanded a high level of detailing and coordination. The overall result is very good.

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TP: Since it was for a single family and had to be perfect for them, was there a lot of pressure to get the design right?


FB:
I can’t say pressure. What I can say is that there was a lot of customisation. It’s pretty amazing the level of detail you reach working for a family of four when designing their dream home. They will let you know specifics of their routine, and likes and dislikes, from the moment they get up till they go to sleep. You need to turn a ton of information into a cohesive design that suits all their needs.

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TP: Is the client happy with the outcome?


FB:
The client is incredibly happy. His exact quote after moving in was: “I feel like I’m in my own club with everything I want”.



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TP: What is your favourite part of the design of the building?


FB:
I really like the combination of raw materials – the exposed concrete, the steel, the glass and the wood are present in a very honest way – plus the natural light. The daylight inside the house is amazing.



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TP: How would you describe the soul of this building?


FB:
It’s a very impressive house when you first arrive, but within a few minutes, you feel very, very comfortable. You can tell it was designed with people in mind, more than anything.



TP: What features would you have in your dream home?


FB:
Lots of natural light and, wherever possible, a beautiful view.



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TP: The use of wood helps to create a certain brightness in the space. How did you choose the wood colour to match the other colours of the building?


FB:
We used a lot of wooden surfaces to ‘warm up’ the house. Since we were using raw materials like exposed concrete, a lot of glass and travertine limestone on the floor, we picked a beautiful Brazilian hardwood called Ipê for the courtyard deck, the bedrooms’ floor, for the surface of some walls and the ceiling, as well as the bedrooms shading, and the front façade (it’s a huge 31 meters wooden prism that overhangs almost 5 meters above the main entrance). We picked Ipê because we like its vivid colour and because it’s really strong (it’s hard, scratch resistant, dense, and lasts for decades outdoors).

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Project name: Casa Jardim do Sol (Jardim do Sol House)
Project location: Av. Cavalhada 5205, Porto Alegre/RS
Architecture Firm: Hype Studio
Gross Built Area: 2.000 m² / 21,500 sq ft
Photo: Marcelo Donadussi
Lead Architect: Fernando Balvedi
Architecture Team: Fernando Balvedi, Jean Grivot, Maurício Santos, Luísa Konzen, Naiara Forneck, Luis Bonilla, Bruno Carvalho.
Structural Engineer: Constsul Engenharia
Electrical and Plumbing Engineer: Filippon Engenharia
HVAC: Sistema Engenharia
Lighting Design: Sandra Thomé Luminoténica
Landscape Design: Karol Gehlen

Floor Plan:
00 - Underground
01 - Ground floor
02 - First floor
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