There were two young friends who bought an apartmenton the ground floor of a building in Vila Madalena neighborhood. Although life there is intense, it keeps some bucolic aspects of São Paulo residential neighborhoods. They started often having young people like them, some Brazilian and some foreigners, as guests in the small room in the back for a short while.Then they noticed that they could use the room to receive guests with much more comfort.
The name “Puxadinho” was chosen because it refersto a kind of informal buildingvery common in Brazilian cities and, simultaneously, it was a nice way of identifying the peculiar feature of the building, enclosed to the previously existing one. The challenges for the project and for the undertaking were, at first, the very limited budget, besides the small space and difficult access to the building site.
The first step was to demolish the existing building, a very unsteady one, and to create two roomsand a bathroom which could be used separately or together, therefore, extending the capacity of the area. However, throughout the process, it was possibleto identify the opportunity to extend the social areas while the bedrooms were not used by guests and thepossibility of using the rooftop to grow plants and as a leisure and sunbathing area.
门项目的一个关键设计元素，推动了设计的创新。在文学或哲学中，门通常具有隐喻的意义，它把未来几个可能或机遇的终结联系起来。词典中，门的意思是表示入口或定义出口。但是在项目 Puxadinho中却并非如此： 门是主要的组成部分，负责不同空间的灵活性，扩展或限制这些空间，而且能在社交区域和私人空间之间进行多层整合。
The door was a key solution adopted to create the new intended dynamics. In literature or in philosophy, doors usually have a metaphoric meaning that connects them to several possibilities in the future or to the closing of opportunities. In the dictionary entry, doors are meant to show entrance or define exits. But it is not the case of Puxadinho: there it is the main element, accountable for the flexibility of different spaces, extending or restricting them, however always establishing several levels of integration among the social areas and the private spaces.
Through the door, the same flexible area may open upone of three possibilities: a living room and a suite, or, a living room with a bedroom and a bathroom or, then again, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The rooftop, which extended the externalarea to the upstairs level, besides offering a privileged view of the city, incorporates the other previously designed uses. The construction system consisted on the use of concrete molded lattice panel slabs supported on a bricklayered concrete blockstructure. This system enabled a cheap, fast and effective constructionfor a narrow space with difficult access. Whereas the window frames, as well as the stairs and the benches were made of metal work and carpentry.
The touch of sustainability that gives theproject another aspect of modernity is the fact that all the rainfall water drained from the rooftop is directed to acistern, thus enabling its use for cleaning the external area and for watering the plants. When concepts of flexibility, sustainability and modernity are addedto the intervention in the original space that gave birth to the dream of young friends and to the Puxadinho project, it also gives a new meaning to the conceptof this peculiar kind of informal construction so common in the Brazilian reality.
▼项目轴侧分解图 Explode Drawing
▼项目屋顶平面图 Roof Plan
▼项目剖面图 Section A
项目团队：Fernando O’leary, Pedro Domingues, Pedro Faria
Location: R. Fradique Coutinho - Vila Madalena, São Paulo - SP, Brasil
Authors: Fernando O’leary, Pedro Domingues, Pedro Faria
Area: 18.2 m2
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Manuel Sá
Text: Fátima Menezes