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All About Outdoor Living: Revamped 50s Home Blurs Traditional Boundaries

The outdoor living experience in the past decade has become far more luxurious and fun in the last few years, with outdoor furniture and design matching the beauty and comfort of living room décor. It is barely a surprise, then, that homeowners are increasingly demanding dwellings that blur the traditional boundary between the interior and the landscape that surrounds the house, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor interplay. Nestled in a lovely, green neighborhood of São Paulo, Brazil, the Butanta House is no different, as Lab Arquitetos transformed this 50s home into a modern masterpiece that encourages you to spend more time outside than indoors!

50s home in Sao Paulo upgraded to create a more social and modern living space

Using a series of pergolas, balconies and nifty little niches, an array of delightful outdoor spaces was created, and they are constantly connected with the lower-level living area. Large glass windows and sliding glass doors play their part as well in this fabulous narrative where the lush green backyard becomes a dynamic backdrop for the neutral living area, kitchen and dining room. The Cor-ten steel pergola structure that sits just outside the living room also shapes the balcony for the top floor, while the revamped swimming pool and large deck provide ample space to rest and rejuvenate on those lazy summer evenings.

Revamped 50s home in Sao Paulo, Brazil with smart indoor-outdoor interplay

Cor-ten steel structure of the pergola offers shade

Living room of Butanta House as viewed from the garden

Steel structure of the house along with glass walls blurs the boundary between the interior and the world outside

Living room with glass walls and fireplace connecetd with the garden and the pool outside

Glass walls and sliding glass doors bring the garden outside indoors

Modular sofa for the living room lets you redecorate with ease

Kitchen with neutral color palette and cement walls

Wooden accent feture in the backdrop brings warmth and contrast to the dining room in white

On the inside, the old floor plan was junked in favor of a new, more open interior where each room flows into the next while making the most of the view on offer. Space is maximized cleverly, with additions such as the home office in the hallway and ingenious kitchens shelves that offer multiple storage options. Breezy, beautiful and practical, this is a transformation that seems to epitomize Brazil’s love for the outdoors! [Photography: Marcelo Kahn]

Home office with picture wall and a wonderful view

Long corridor turned into smart hoem workspace

Lantern style lighting for the bedroom with sloped ceiling

Decorate the space above the bed with large, colorful canvas

Kids' room in white with attic bed

Modern bathroom in white and cream with smart shower area



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