2020 began in the best possible way for Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados: the Brazilian architectural studio was recently named Most Influential Woman in Architecture & Product Design 2020 - Brazil in the 2020 Design & Build Awards, a prize for the most promising and high-performing studios and companies in architecture, construction and interior design, selected in a strictly merit-based process of research and analysis.
Only a few weeks earlier, the international panel of experts presenting the Latin American Business Awards 2019, among Latin America’s most prestigious prizes, named the company Best Luxury Residential Interiors Architecture Firm, citing the following motivation: for “... their collection of luxury residential and showcase home interior designs which feature an elegance in the use of space and the splendour of natural lighting, Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados were found to be exemplary in the industry. ”. The Jaraguà home built recently in Alphaville, a residential district on the outskirts of San Paolo, Brazil, is one of the constructions the L.A.B.A judging panel cited as an example of the studio’s contemporary projects that “... display refinement and honesty with an edited and tailored finish".
The home, designed for a young family with two children, stands on a 1200 sqm lot in a panoramic hilltop position, and architect Fernanda Marques makes the most of this advantage by creating vast terraces on the upper level of the house with panoramic views over its surroundings. Various living functions are spread over three levels, with a large ground-floor living area. The idea behind the project was to create flowing, interconnected spaces that amplify the sense of space, a condition clearly visible on the ground floor, where the architect images the living area as a large, fluid space in which it is the furnishings and artworks that create and enclose different functions, such as the fireplace room, the sitting room, the dining room and so on. The upper level contains the bedrooms, while the basement includes a garage, a storage cellar and other utility rooms.
Well-known architecture photographer Fernando Guerra masterfully documents a typical day at the Jaragua Residence in his photographs, capturing the effect of daylight on the different materials and spaces in the home, outside and in the big swimming pool on the front terrace. Fernanda Marques clarifies the key role of light: "in this project, natural daylight is present everywhere, but never directly. There are very specific lighting situations, derived from the construction shape and project solutions". The quantity of natural light entering the home is determined by a system of metal brise-soleils surrounding it in a continuous strip. The choice of covering materials also plays a key role both inside and outside the house: the architect has chosen a colour palette centring around white and sand for both the floors and walls, with the swimming pool acting as an accent with its deep indigo blue tiles, attracting attention and recalling the sea without clashing with the rest of the house.
Images courtesy of Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, photo by Fernando Guerra
Studio: Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados https://www.fernandamarques.com.br/
Location: Alphaville, SP - Brasile
Area: 1,200 m²
Photographer: Fernando Guerra