This looks very much like a quiet little retreat surrounded by greenery and trees but looks past this little oasis and you’ll discover the busy city of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. That’s where the C.J. House is located. This is not the actual house. It’s in fact a pavilion which was construction as an extension for the main structure. This was done in 2013 by Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados.
The pavilion sits on a 527 square meter plot and its role is to serve as a gathering space for entertaining guests and friends. It’s sort of like an extended living area, on a larger and more open scale, with an obvious connection to the outdoors. The pavilion is enclosed with full-height glass windows and sliding doors on all sides so it’s pretty much an open space with a roof over its head.
Long curtains can be used to close off the pavilion and to gain privacy and shade whenever needed. However, the whole point of having huge windows on all sides is to let them bring the outdoors in and to blur the barrier between interior and exterior spaces. That and the lack of private spaces such as bedrooms makes it all very easy.
The clients wanted to have this pavilion so they can preserve the privacy of the main house. The main volume of this new construction was treated as a new space. The pavilion has large wooden decks which help better connect it to the garden. The decks also extend the living spaces outdoors, being raised above the ground like the rest of the construction.
The floor plan is a very fluid one, being curved and organized into two wings, each one visible from inside the other thanks to the glass walls. The interior spaces embrace the garden and emphasize lightness with their breezy and open layouts and decors. The main materials used for the project are steel, wood and glass which allowed the architects to ensure this lightness in the first place.