Isay Weinfeld’s Casa Cubo in São Paulo, Brazil
Just like Hong Kong’s Duddell’s, a restaurant-cum-creative hub which was recently featured here on Yatzer, Casa Cubo is yet another multifunctional development created with the promotion of the arts in mind. Commissioned by a couple of art collectors (who decided to remain anonymous), this minimalist three-storey building was designed by Isay Weinfeld, one of Brazil’s most prominent architects. Located in the affluent Jardins neighbourhood in São Paulo, Casa Cubo’s intended dual functionality comprises a private gallery dedicated to showcasing the owners’ art collection and a fully-equipped guesthouse.
Split across three floors, the uniformly white interior with its sombre polished concrete floors provides the perfect blank canvas to showcase the impressive array of works which include lead-and-fiberglass suspended sculptures byAntony Gormley, Marina Abramovic’s quietly unnerving Double Edge ladder, Tony Cragg’s voluptuous sculpture Secretions as well as Mona Hatoum’s Traffic suitcases, displayed against the backdrop of Tracey Emin’s quilt Message of Ascension. Apart from the artworks, Casa Cubo is also home to an impressive collection of midcentury furniture by a number of much-acclaimed designers such as Lina Bo Bardi, José Zanine Caldas,Gio Ponti and Alvar Aalto on display in the house’s two main areas: a high-ceilinged living room/lounge and an open-plan library located on the mezzanine above.
Surrounded by lush greenery, the house also features two distinctly different but equally striking floating staircases; a zigzagging steel staircase connecting the ground floor with the library and Weinfeld’s specially designed spiral Brazilian ironwood floating staircase which leads from the library to the three private bedrooms and a living room upstairs.
The 715-square-meters house was completed in September 2011.
photo © Fernando Guerra, FG+SG Architectural Photography.