From the architect. The store integrates a housing project designed in the late 60's, in a composition that reveals a late modernism. The existing space was divided into two distinct zones: a large oor at the ground level and an upper store overlooking the main space and the courtyard to the north.
UNYC results from the fusion of the intended program with the search for a balance between a male and female space idea. The store and the upper store represent different atmospheres that merge in the center, solving in the staircase and in the transition between doors the complexity of the connection between the different materials and textures. This central space assumes the leading role, not only for its imposing height, but also for being the aggregator element of the remaining spaces. This is where the big table emerges: a functional and symbolic piece, with an intentionally unavoidable presence that materializes what is intended for this space.
Ground Floor Plan
The big window on the main facade plays an important role in the relationship between the interior of the store and the urban space. The imposing but translucent curtain, which both reveals and hides, translates the essence of this space: a place of encounter and intimacy.
Wooden screens galore There's something undeniably retro about this new home designed by Brazilian firm mf+arquitetos. Sure, the furniture is clearly vintage, but those rough stone accent walls feel straight up midcentury, not to mention the undeniable preponderance of warm-hued wood. The space is dominated by timber paneling for the ceiling, shelves, and perforated wooden screens that cast a checkered light over the interior and can pivot to open the living room up to the yard beyond.
But the home combines its old-school elements with more contemporary-feeling touches, too. Its entire back wall is made of windows which fully open onto a living wall covered with ferns, essentially extending the home into the outdoors.
The home, as the architects put it, is characterized by simple features, purity of forms, integration with nature and use of natural materials with a color palette of earthy tones, the touch of fabrics, the heat of the wood, the nobility of the marble, the rusticity of the stone and the concrete are mixed with the essential.
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