Tria Arquitectura, of Brazil, Signs The 1970’s Moema House

A young couple purchased the Moema House, located in São Paulo, Brazil.  It is a house built in the 1970’s.  They sought the Brazilian office of Tria Arquitectura, led by architects Sarah Bonanno and Marina Cardoso de Almeida, to renovate their original home.  The couple, first and foremost, desired to remain true to the house’s original architecture.  Their wish was to maintain and take advantage of the existing structures. The leading, most important characteristic of the Moema House is the integration between the interior and the exterior areas.

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The element that unites all of the environments and maintains the memory of the house as it had existed is the original brick.  After being peeled to reveal it throughout the house, it was stunning in its preserved composition and was extraordinarily immaculate.  Exposing the brick, in turn, exposes the history of the house.  The brick shows the ancient paths of the conduits and the age of construction.  A most appealing conceptual design to appreciate and celebrate through its exposure.

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The original structure of the living room, the kitchen, and the bedrooms worked well.  These were maintained.  However, all environments had their doors opened and increased.  This allowed for more natural lighting and ventilation.  Except for the brick; all floor, wall, and window coverings were replaced, bringing identity and contemporaneity to the house.

The backyard of the house became the area that suffered the most changes.  The existing open room was demolished.  This cleared area gave way to a covered full barbeque area with lighting and a round dining table with plenty of seating.  The barbeque area boasts an excellent grill and grill hood, as well as a sink and plentiful work space for meal preparation. There is also plenty of storage room for cooking and grilling essentials.

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The backyard also had room for a lovely patio outdoor sitting area.  The sitting area is adorned with a useful and fabulous fire pit and beautiful, cozy garden.  The garden includes a splendid tree and fuchsia flowering bushes with green leaves.  Additionally, an enclosed room for a toilet and a laundry area were able to be installed for further comfort and access ease.

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The concept was to integrate the barbeque and bring more “green” to the interior area of the house. Therefore, Tria created a glass cloth, also known as a sliding glass door, in the kitchen. The kitchen functions as the internal dining area, as well. Creating the glass cloth allows all who enter the house to be able to see the garden at the back of the house.  This emphasizes the surroundings of the interior gaining amplitude.

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On the upper floor, a bathroom was created for the second bedroom.  The master bedroom was turned into a suite.  Added to the suite is a glass cloth, that leads to an outdoor slab of floor, turning it into a small private balcony in the front of the house.  A grouping of three large white planters contain exquisite trailing ivy bushes and tall grass bushes for more privacy and beauty to indulge.  Another glass cloth was added to the entrance of the front of the house accessing the living area.

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An outer hallway at the front of the house also contains a bench and a table with ample lighting for a relaxing sitting area.  Small trees and tall green grasses line the patio walkway into the front of the house with recessed lighting included.  There are also rectangular-shaped recessed areas halfway up both side walls.  On one recessed wall are windows.  On the other recessed wall a planter is placed with lush fern foliage to enjoy.

Authors I Tria Arquitetura (Sarah Bonanno and Marina Cardoso de Almeida)                                               Located I São Paulo, Brazil                                                                                                                                             Completion project I 2015                                                                                                                                               Total Area I 120m²                                                                                                                                                         Constructed Area I 115m²                                                                                                                                                 Photos I Julia Ribeiro                                                                                                                                                       Suppliers I Pedracor I Arquitetura da Luz I JHC Marcenaria


The Tria Arquitetura office, led by the architects Sarah Bonanno and Marina Cardoso de Almeida, brings in its DNA a creative and cosmopolitan look. It seeks to combine, in every project, aesthetics and function. Graduated in Architecture at Mackenzie University (SP), Sarah Bonanno holds a major in the London School of Arts (London) and Marina Cardoso de Almeida at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain). The architects accumulated, in more than 10 years of market, diverse experiences. Today, Tria Arquitetura operates in different areas, including Residential, Commercial, Retail and Interiors. To develop the projects, the duo prizes for authenticity and innovation, regardless of the scale of action. I @triaarquitetura



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