- Caroline Kurze
The Yucatan House was built by Isay Weinfeld in the leafy neighborhood of Jardim America, in São Paulo, Brazil. The Inhabitants are contemporary art collectors who wanted a spacious, bright and informal atmosphere home.
Seven box-like volumes – different sizes, different finishes – were distributed asymmetrically at the front part of the land, leaving a vast garden in the back. From the entrance, a long flat surface – a wall covered in aluminum plaques painted black – progresses across the blocks to the kitchen, followed by a block containing the dining room. To the left of those three volumes, sometimes jutting out a little, other times receding, the remaining four blocks feature the daughter’s and guest bedrooms, the sons’ bedrooms, the master bedroom, and the TV room and gym. The ‘scattered’ layout leaves generous spaces between the volumes that, topped by a wood-covered ceiling slab, not only serve as circulation, but also shelter the main living room, the family room and the works of art. A natural pool features a system to use, reuse and treat water that combines water plants and various fish.