A modern pavilion style house that can be used as a gallery
Bloco Architects Designed area of 600 square meters (about 6458 square feet) House Gallery As a gallery concept it allows residents to live immersed in a piece of art that also houses their art collection. One of the most unique features of the house is the roof structure. Five massive upturned beams gracefully span the 12-meter-wide ceiling, creating the central area of the house known as the “gallery.” Effortlessly blurring the boundaries between art and everyday life, this space serves as a multifunctional area, accommodating a living room, dining room, kitchen, balcony and garage.
Outside, a tile plaque bearing owner Barbara’s name displays a pattern of shades of blue and white tiles, providing a striking contrast against the pure white walls. In the bathrooms, tiles in vibrant colors – green, yellow and orange – adorn the walls, following the same design pattern used throughout the interior.
Casa Galeria’s design is not limited to functionality and preservation of works of art, but extends to the design of the home. Two open linear gardens divide the living spaces while adding life-loving elements. The first garden, closest to the street, is located between the sun protection wall and the windows of the central living area. The second defines the social area of the bedroom hall.
The story of Casa Galeria is also intertwined with Brasilia’s rich history. The famous Athos Bulcão painting, originally designed for a house designed by the legendary Oscar Niemeyer, has been found in a new home next to the interior linear garden at the entrance. The institution responsible for the artist’s work allowed the painting to be transferred.
Casa Galeria’s interior, also designed by BLOCO Architects, allows the family’s art collection to take center stage. The architects chose neutral materials and colors to create a calm background that enhances the presence of the artwork. The home features custom tile panels designed by Brazilian artist João Henrique, adding an extra layer of uniqueness to the space.
To protect the priceless pieces of art from the harsh Brazilian sun, the architects designed a large wall raised slightly from the floor and supported by the same columns as the main beams. The element protects the entire space while allowing soft, diffused natural light to filter through the open garden, creating a tranquil ambiance.
In the main living space, a long white counter, which appears to be hanging, separates the room while performing multiple functions as kitchen, workspace and dining table. A skylight aligned with the counter floods the room with natural light during daylight hours.
To maintain a sense of continuity and neutrality throughout, the home features the same polished gray granite flooring in all rooms, including the outdoor areas and pool.
Photography by Joanna France.