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Studio Terra240

Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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In a complex topography and a problematic geological situation, this building occupies the descending slope of the site with a two-story free plan which is occupied by the architectural firm's office. This form of occupation allows the definition of a pilotis on the street level. In the upper volume, five duplex units allow flexible use - living and/or working space. The structure is mostly defined by the four V shaped pillars, a design strategy to reduce foundations. The superposition of two different structure types - the concrete frame with flat slabs in the first three levels and the structural masonry of red brick in the two upper levels - defines the main formal attributes of the building regarding mass and void, openings and surfaces. The intentional absence of walls and fences reinforces the open character of the pilotis, as an attempt to redefine the relationship of the building with the public realm.