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AV Houses

Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Two blocks face each other across the forecourt of this symmetrical housing development in Sao Paulo by local firm Corsi Hirano Arquitetos.

Situated in the outskirts of the city, Corsi Hirano Arquitetos split the eight social housing units into a pair of blocks either side of a large paved driveway where residents are encouraged to congregate.

The line of the roof extends out over the extruded glass-fronted boxes that house the staircases, creating shelters over the entrances. Half the residences have these stairs at the front and half have them at the rear.

Each home has an open-plan living space on the ground floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, plus a small garden and an extra shower room out the back.

Wooden shutters, window and door frames break up the all-white surfaces. Street-facing end walls of each block are detailed with vertical grooves and separated from the fence by a thin window, so that they appear to float above it.

The development is secured by grated metal gates that slide across the front of the drive.