In line with the owners’ aspirations, a basic parameter guided the project for this farmhouse in Porto Feliz, São Paulo: to create a country home that emphasized its integration with the landscape, preferably by means of a lightweight structure, with large openings and glazed surfaces.
So the architecture created here differs from the surrounding houses, for its contemporary language and structural boldness. Measuring 700m², the steel framed house follows the shape of the terrain. The spaces, in turn, were laid out so as to offer a view of the lake and the golf course from every single on.
The whole façade is made from seamless sliding panes. Few and refined materials, such as wood, stone and glass reaffirm the project’s essentiality. At sunset it becomes completely permeable to the view: a large light box reflected on the swimming pool water.
September 2015 | Pictures FERNANDO GUERRA | FG+SG
The young art-collector couple with two children wanted to revamp their 3-floor haven in London’s Belgravia.
The architect was charged with fitting the valuable collection of art and design into day-to-day life in this penthouse apartment.
In order to achieve the required balance, an in-depth study of materials and colours was required.
In order to create brighter and more spacious rooms, many walls were knocked down, reducing the number of doors to the indispensable ones. By letting in more light, the unique space was unified.
June 2014 | Pictures Fernando Guerra
Living by the sea – or as though floating over it – has been a dream of generations of Venezuelans. To them, having miles of sea within view has always been at the top of all wish lists. Which does not mean, however, that every house by the sea does not have its own mood and traits.
In the case of this apartment designed by Fernanda Marques for a family of six in Miami, the emphasis was placed on two elements: lightness and sophistication. The family room, for instance, in addition to plenty of space for children to play in, was fitted with a small kitchen for the adults. The couple’s bathroom, with its markedly minimalist approach, has the fresh and tropical touch of a green wall, right next to the bath.
Art and design. Two indissociable elements in the Brazilian architect’s work are also well represented by a well balanced combination of works by Jesus Soto, Leon Ferrari and Olafur Eliasson, and iconic furniture designed by Sergio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro and Jorge Zalszupin – mostly made from wood.
July 2015 | Pictures Max Zambelli
Built in a gated community on the southern coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, this summer house, with its 950m2, had its architectural approach defined by the natural beauty of its surroundings: one of Brazil’s most gorgeous landscapes.
Both for its technical features and for the design freedom it provides, steel was the material of choice for the house structure. Its outward look, however, is covered in wood, a device used to protect it from the sea air and make it more familiar-looking amid the green Mata Atlântica.
In order to provide maximum integration between the internal and external areas, large glazed windows were used, allowing virtually every room in the house ample interaction with the landscape. To counterbalance the use of timber, the essential element in the project’s aesthetic arrangement, interior areas were conceived with strong emphasis on the dialogue among materials, either finished or unfinished – oscillating between rustic and high-tech.
November 2009 | Pictures Demian Golovaty
"I tried to establish a relationship of permanent coexistence between internal and external. Within or out I think the open space is what must prevail." So, in a few words, the brazilian architect Fernanda Marques summarizes the design of their beach house, located in Parati: colonial town located between the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
From the beginning, some findings: in tune with the local atmosphere, the decor should invest in lightness. And to be open, to the limit of the possible, to the external environment. Especially for the pool area: indeed, the main area of the house. The dominant tone would be white: in order to expand the natural lighting conditions, as it happens in the houses of the local fishermen.
December 2011 - Pictures Demian Golovaty
In Morumbi, in São Paulo, the plot is about 4,500m2. The house is built on one level, plus a basement and a two-storey servants’ quarters.
The ceiling height is meant to make the most of daylight. To shield the house from sunlight, a horizontal brise-soleil is used on the façade. The architectural concept was maintained, the internal rooms were laid out in a cleaner line, bridging the inside and outside by means of a single language. The only area that was knocked down was the master suite, which was built on 90 m2. The clients are young, contemporary and refined, and thus briefed for a project that would meet their needs. They asked for a unique design, and for furnishings to cater for parties and friends
Simple and harmonious lines, steel frame and concrete in the structure, glazed façades e a lot of transparency. The project for this residence on a steep slope in São Paulo evokes the rationalist architecture of Mies van der Rohe.
Measuring 820m², over 3 floors and containing 13 different rooms, this project is completely open to the surrounding greenery and offers spectacular views and yet provide privacy.
In the double-height living room, a helical staircase with structural features provides access to a mezzanine – containing a media room, fitness room and a terrace, equipped with a fireplace. The sleeping quarters – preserved from view – contain a playroom and 3 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.
Access to the master bedroom is by means of a spacious hall, off which are the bathrooms - his and hers - and the dressing room. The living room is connected to the dining room by a glazed partition, integrating a deck, an infinite pool and the side garden.
In the dining room, glazed doors open up to the garden.
So, practically outlined only by glazed panels, the house seems immersed in the landscape. The interior design project aims at intimacy and uses indirect lighting, as well as warm coverings, such as wood.
August 2013 | Pictures Fernando Guerra
The Project of this house tried to overcome the challenge of defining a new layout for a building that has already been marked by time. In order to renew the 1.300 square meters of the house, aiming at functionality and modernization, the process architecture redefined rooms, changed positions of accesses, and suggested different uses for certain areas. The new layout allowed better division of the social area, strategic location of service areas, and wide leisure areas, with a pool and a gym. In the wide and well-lit living, straight lines prevail and the relation between materials such as wood and marble mark the timelessness of the project.
Pictures Loredana Cortese
Located in Alphaville, near São Paulo, the comfortable house measures 1,200m2 and its bold architecture spreads over three floors.
On the ground floor are the living room, fireplace, dining room, media room and breakfast room, as well as the kitchen, study, wine cellar, cloakroom, guest toilets and servants’ quarters. On the first floor are the three suites with terraces and the family room.
To fulfil the owners’ wish for a feeling of spaciousness that would be manifest permanently and throughout, the project created airy, smart and practical spaces.
Present in all the rooms, the high ceilings ensure there is plenty of light. The furniture is upholstered in neutral colours, especially white and sand. On the top floor, the high number of terraces throughout the building makes it possible to enjoy the beautiful views.
Pictures Fernando Guerra
Interiors conceived in sync with the architecture. Indoor spaces laid out in such a way that when you look at them you feel as though the furniture, equipment and objects have always been there.
That is the sensation that permeates this home by Brazilian architect Fernanda Marques for one of the units of Fazenda Boa Vista, a development in the countryside of São Paulo.
The four bed, two-storey house covers an area of 316 m2. On the ground floor are the living-room and kitchen, which are connected. The top floor houses the private areas, as well as a large media room that plays a pivotal role, as it dictates circulation. The huge windows, on both floors, let plenty of daylight in, as well as providing excellent ventilation.
May 2014 | Pictures João Paulo Oliveira
Home and art gallery. The two architectural programmes coexist and complement one another in this elegant São Paulo apartment designed by Fernanda Marques. "Art and design are two inseparable aspects in the routine of the couple who own it”, explains the architect, who undertook the mission to create the conditions to house a modern private collection while keeping the setting appropriate for a home. “They entertain a lot, hence the need to integrate the living space for them to gather their friends and enjoy all the spaces”, explains Fernanda.
The living-room layout was thought out so as to link all the areas, creating the possibility of turning it into a large hall for dinners, parties with friends but in which the couple would feel comfortable in their day-to-day life.
Pictures Demian Golovaty
One of the requests made by the client was the full integration of gourmet kitchen, pantry and dining room, as he likes to cook for friends and family, and would also create an option to receive many people at one time. The concept and adopted decoration style is urban, minimalist with clever solutions. color predominance as beige, white, off-white, cream and black. In the surroundings of this residence, the lighting is not central, but focus on two opposite sides of each environment, and the focus of the light is always on any desk or countertop.
Pictuers Paulo Mercadante
The modern 220 m2 apartment, in the city’s first residential conversion (the emblematic Barbizon) was just the starting point for Fernanda Marques’ first project in the Big Apple following her first commercial initiatives abroad. From the original floor plan, “nothing is as it was”, and the Brazilian architect kept the not-so-high and beamed ceiling, rather than putting up a traditional plaster ceiling that evens out everything, a no-no among local architects. “I took the beams on!”, she says. Pristinely off-white, the space is designed around the “old versus new” idea, with its reclaimed wood floor throughout the apartment, finished with a matt resin. The client – who had already commissioned other projects from her in Brazil – displays his passion for art, music and wine in the apartment. “He is bold, athletic and young at heart”, says Fernanda, who brought the three guitars that take up the wall in one of the bedrooms out into the lounge, “giving them a prominent role in the setting, as he plays the instrument” – a bit of gossip: one of them came from Van Halen
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Permanent coexistence and speed in the flow of information. These are the key elements in the interior design project conducted by architect Fernanda Marques, the goal of which was to optimize the hectic routine of a young couple in São Paulo – both journalists. Located in the district of Panamby, the duplex apartment, with 210 m2, double-height ceilings and a mezzanine, had most of its internal areas remodelled before it was furnished so as to meet the particular needs of the owners.
Request number one: the mezzanine area was to be enlarged to contain a multimedia room with enough space for a DJ’s pickup. A sculptural spiral staircase, light and minimalistic in spirit was the solution found by the architect to link the two floors. There was also a concern to integrate the living areas. So the dining room and guest toilet were connected both to the kitchen and access to the master and guest suites.
Pictures Demian Golovaty
As they are always duets, interior design projects can only achieve their full potential when the partnership is harmonious between client and architect. This xxm2, xx-bedroom apartment in Ibirapuera, São Paulo, is a very good example of that.
"It was extremely gratifying to see the outcome of this job. From our first brief meeting, I realised my clients, both young entrepreneurs, knew exactly what they wanted", says Fernanda Marques, who authored the project.
In short, a contemporary, clean décor, free from clutter but with a touch of sophistication, and where expanded circulation (including the integration of living-room and terrace) ensure fluidity and lightnessin the spaces.
"The finishes were also key in creating the intended atmosphere", Fernanda explains. She used marbles, light-coloured fabrics, details in wood and vibrant colours for accent, such as the living-room armchairs. All this in addition to paying full attention to every single detail, of course.
Pictures Demian Golovaty
In rather unusual way, the children of the couple of entrepreneurs who own this residence where the ones that guided a significant portion of the interior design project.
In addition to the option for a clean and modern layout, practical and functional solutions permeate the whole 750 square meter area of this house, making it pleasant place for users of all ages. Providing profuse natural lighting and total communication between the internal and external areas, a big glass skin covers the whole of one of the facades, totally independent of the concrete structure.
Pictures Celia Weiss
Completed in 2009, 800m² duplex apartment in São Paulo, designed for a young enterprising businessman, relies heavily on innovative and hi-tech solutions. On the lower floor the central idea was to enhance the living area so as to provide maximum integration among the spaces, as is the case with the gourmet kitchen, integrated with the dining-room. Likewise, the stairwell and elevator casing that provide access to the upper floor were designed in glass, so as to integrate the living-room to the media room and the exterior, where we find a bold swimming-pool, also built from glass, after thorough superimposed structure and load-bearing calculations.
Glazing the elevator case and the clear glass steps on the stairs proved to be major challenges in the design of the apartment. The upper floor also has a clear glass walkway, a steel frame structure clad in stainless steel. In the media room on the lower technology is present in the form of a touchscreen video wall approximately 6m long.
Pictures Romulo Fialdini
Medium-sized , 230 m² , the project Salvador Cardoso , Sao Paulo, is in good distribution and optimization of its service area , two of his strengths.
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December 2008 - 250m² - Pictures Paulo Mercadante e Celia Weiss