A rough concrete facade is not always associated with industrial buildings, warehouses and such. One project which resonates with this idea is the CM House located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was designed and built by studio Dado Castello Branco Arquitetura and was completed earlier this year. The architects chose a contemporary approach both regarding the exterior and the interior of the house. Behind the concrete shell stands a very warm and welcoming environment infused with lots of wood and beautiful earthy colors. The spiral staircase which connects all the different levels is one of its best features. It’s very elegant and stylish and it combines the two main materials which define this entire project: concrete and wood.
The uppermost floor is conceived as a large leisure space with various functions including a home gymThe social areas are gathered on the ground floor where they enjoy a direct connection to the pool and garden
Like most contemporary homes, this one also focuses a lot on the relationship that it has with the surroundings and the outdoors in general. All of its 1200 square meters of space are a nice blend of indoor and outdoor areas. The interior spaces have floor-to-ceiling glass doors, often with curtains, which open them towards the exterior and let in both natural light and amazing views. This seamless indoor-outdoor integration is also emphasized through a series of courtyards and gardens which bring nature closer to the living spaces. The ground floor contains a unified social space which direct access to the pool area. Above it stand all the bedroom suites and at the very top there’s a leisure space with a sauna, gym and Jacuzzi.
Wood was used as an accent materials throughout the interior designThe living area extends outdoors and can become connected to the poolside deckThe palette of materials and colors used inside is focused around earthy tones, neutrals and nature-inspired accentsThe large sliding glass doors are complemented by long curtains for added privacy and shadeConcrete is not only used on the outside of the building but also makes its way indoors
A series of indoor courtyards and gardens are strategically placed in certain areas as a way to infuse the spaces with light and colorThe dining area is next to what looks like a giant shadowbox with plants and greenery. This also serves as a source of natural lightThere’s also a bigger and more formal dining room designed for large gatherings and social eventsDark marble surfaces give the bathrooms a very elegant and glamorous appearanceThe interior spaces are connected by a spiral staircase which acts as a focal point for the houseThe wood’s beautiful coloring and natural patterns contrast with the light grey stairsConcrete was used extensively on the facades of the house but also indoors where it’s complemented by lots of woodThe use of wood extends beyond the spiral staircase and also encapsulates some of the wallsThe bedrooms are positioned in the middle, sandwiched between the leisure areas above and below themThe bedrooms have their own little balconies and terraces which connect them to the beautiful views