Fischgold House Renovation / BLOCO Arquitetos
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Text description provided by the architects. The renovation project of this house built in the 1980s retained and completed the concrete structure of the lower floor and part of the existing swimming pool structure. The roof slab on the upper floor was demolished and replaced with a new one, which made it possible to increase the total surface area, raise the ceiling height and reconfigure the interior layout.
In the initial project, the garage was the only room with direct access to the swimming pool at the lowest level of the plot. The renovation transformed this level into the social space of the new house, with the living room, the dining room and the veranda. We have moved the garage and service area to the front of the plot.
The rooms in the original project faced northwest, which caused excessive sun exposure throughout the day. In Brasilia, its solar orientation requires attention. In addition, the existing roof limited the ceiling height to 225 cm. We have reversed the position of the rooms with bathroom and repositioned the windows of the rooms to the south-east, the best orientation in Brasilia. We have also enlarged the rooms and created a balcony for the master suite, facing the back of the house.
Most of the concrete structure that remained after the demolition had to be reinforced to be reused on the first floor of the new project. In addition, a concrete reinforcement in the structure was made to create sofas and fixed seats on the ground floor. The highest roof is completely new.
The reuse of the structure results in a composition of new and old parts, where misalignments are visible, as well as the “oversized” aspect of certain beams and pillars, caused by the reinforcement. On the lower floor, we decided to leave only part of the structure of pillars and beams exposed on the ceiling of the room, as a visible trace of the intervention we made on an existing building. Additionally, the inverted roof beams were also exposed.