- Anke Nunheim
The Maracanã House by Brazilian Terra e Tuma Arquitetos created this concrete, contemporary city house in São Paulo, Maracanã street. Huge block walls were composed around exterior and interior spaces, with a vibrant access mural, grayish materiality and clear glass surfaces. Entering the house, one staircase leads to the sunken living room and kitchen with green courtyard, while the upper one opens up to intimate spaces. The architects managed to let this clean concrete appearance look cosy, warm and natural, with green plants growing everywhere. The big glass openings set against the solidity of the concrete materiality and canny installed lights enlighten the space in every direction.