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The house built by Archea is located at number 86 in rua Harmonia, in the Vila Madalena district. The address is stamped into the reinforced concrete wall, on the left side of the entrance door, like a bas-relief. The concrete is dark red, throughout the house. Everything is made from concrete, corten and wood. The building occupies a narrow plot in the southern part of the street.
The exterior of the Archea building, with its dark, neutral, uniform colour, immediately represented a backdrop for a new work.
The construction is a parallelepiped with a rectangular, or rather trapezoidal, base, since the rear part is sliced diagonally from the alley and hollowed internally, to create a cloister-like space. The first level is a raised floor, created for practical reasons as a precaution against regular flooding in the area from the Rio Pinheiros. The second level is accessible from a stairway located at the rear of the plot, that widens as it rises, harmonising the trapeze shape with the orthogonal nature of the building. The third level is composed of a roof terrace that contains a turret construction and a cubic structure for technical services. Together with the two floors below, the effect is that of a small tower-house, with a tree on the top, which immediately recalls the holm oaks on the medieval Guinigi Tower in Lucca.
The architecture of Rua Harmonia picks up a tradition, developing, accepting, and enriching it with another chapter that enables it to evolve in a linguistic dialogue with its context; it is so connected and at the same time, so autonomous, that it could become a home for its designer.
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