When the site and the surroundings allow it, architects and interior designs try as much as possible to establish a smooth dialogue between the internal and external spaces and to expose the interior to the views and the beauty of the outdoors. The strategies they use differ every time, depending on the unique conditions on the site as well as the layout and design of the building or space.
The house is characterized by simplicity but it isn’t by any means boringIt sits on a clean site free of large trees and slopesThe entire building is elevated, including the decks and terraces
The MCNY House is a private residence located in Franca, Sao Paulo. It was completed in 2016 by mf+arquitectos, a studio established in 2009 but which only recently adopted the current name in the current form. They take on a variety of projects which vary from residential to industrial and also commercial. The team is an adept of the idea of integrating the interior with the exterior and also of impregnating a space with the charm and uniqueness of the materials used in its design.
The indoor-outdoor relationship was a very important detail in the projectThe internal spaces are connected to the garden through a series of folding wood panelsThe panels act like shutters, completely enclosing the house when desired
The entire structure sits on an area of 516 square meters and is defined by simple lines and volumes. The materials used throughout include wood, concrete, stone as well as Corten steel. Together, they become an expression of Brasilian modernism.
The private rooms are lined up along the lawn, facing the poolThey have direct access to a long terrace that links them and transitions to the gardenThe folding wooden panels can be opened to reveal glass wallsThe pool sits perpendicularly to the bedrooms, featuring an adjacent wooden deck
In order to establish the strong and seamless connection between the internal and external spaces, the architects wrapped the house in a series of folding wooden panels which act like shutters. They can be closed off for better insulation or increased privacy and can also be opened up exposing the internal spaces to the garden, the pool and the rest of the outdoor areas.
The deck becomes an extension of the internal social spacesThe living area and dining space can be fully opened to the outdoors
All the rooms feature this type of folding shell exterior. The panels are an added layer that forms the exterior facade of the building and offers it a cohesive and harmonious look both as a standalone structure as well as in relation to its surroundings.
The living and dining areas have their own little gardenThe garden is lush and beautiful and has a perforated ceilingThe garden can be hidden behind long curtains whenever desired
The main social spaces are the living room and dining area. They share the same space and they’re characterized by wooden flooring, a wooden accent wall that matches the flexible facade panels and a series of full-height glass windows that reveal an adjacent interior garden with lush vegetation and a perforated roof section that lets light filter in.
An area rug delineates the lounge spaceA separate social zone sits at the end of the floor planThe other social space is a sort of cozy man-caveIt has a bar, exposed brick walls and direct access to the outdoor areas
There’s a second social area which formed of a bar and dining table with classic chairs. It has exposed brick walls, a wooden ceiling, tiled floor and a ceiling-mounted fireplace that creates a really inviting ambiance.
Seen from the outside, the residence doesn’t stand out much