Step Inside a Casual Chic Weekend Home Just Outside of São Paulo, Brazil

Located in the lush and green countryside near São Paulo, the windows of the villa open wide. On the terrace, the lounge chairs, large dining table and outdoor kitchen reflect the comfort of the interior of the house.

For an active family, architect Marilia Pellegrini designed a house to accommodate the busy holiday schedules of children, friends and relatives – who drop by, stay and fill the house with merry crowds. (Located in a residential development in the city of Porto Feliz, São Paulo, the villa serves as a country home for its owners, a couple in Rio de Janeiro.) In the process, Pellegrini redesigned almost every element of the original home—just the basic structure has been preserved.

In total, the property has a living room, kitchen, laundry room, swimming pool and studio for the house staff. (Not to mention, five-bedroom suites.) The large living room opens onto an equally spacious terrace with a large outdoor dining area and outdoor kitchen and BBQ. Inside, the room is divided into several areas: there is a living space, bar, TV area, as well as intimate and long dining tables that can accommodate up to a dozen guests. The dining area opens onto an adjacent kitchen which can be partially or completely hidden behind sliding wood and tucum fiber panels. It is one of the few partitions in this massive multi-function space. After all, in this weekend house, residents choose to be surrounded by family and friends.

The materials used and their rough treatment: fossilized wood on one wall, basalt stone for the floors, corten steel and pequi wooden planks as wall cladding – bring the family closer to nature. The fossilized wood was assembled without joints, while the pequi planks show their irregular shapes. (Elsewhere, the basalt slabs have been joined together with very fine joints, creating the illusion of a single piece of floor.) Also noteworthy is the staircase, which leads to the upper floor and is made of oak. The same type of material extends to the parquet floors and woodwork of the bedrooms. The console beam, cut from a thick piece of solid pequi, has an irregular free edge.

Renowned Brazilian designers are well represented in the city. Think Claudia Moreira Salles and Jean Gillon, with his Jangada armchair and ottoman from 1968. While the furniture alternates between classic pieces by leading designers and contemporary items, works by artists such as Antonio Bandeira, Maria Polo and José Bechara punctuate the space. The Vanderlei Lopes sculpture in the hallway consists of two “streams” of polished brass, which work to create the look of liquid gold. They are a reminder that in this relaxing house everything and everyone can coexist, be it friends and family, or design elements from the past or present.

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