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MH House by Jacobsen Arquitetura

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Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Total area: 1.500,00m²

Built area: 730,00 m²

Year: 2017

Architects: Jacobsen Arquitetura

Team: Paulo Jacobsen, Bernardo Jacobsen, Edgar Murata, Marcelo Vessoni, Francisco Rugeroni, Maya Leal, Rafaella Codato, Gustavo Borges

Interior: Jacobsen Arquitetura

Interior’s team: Tatiana Kamogawa, Mariana Ferretti, Carine Martanetto, Thammy Ozaki, Daniella Gomes, Luiz Santini

Metalic structural design: João Leão Associados

Electrical and hydraulic installations: Grau Engenharia

Light design: Lightworks

Landscape: Cenário

Automation: M high-tech

Photography: © Leonardo Finotti

As we began this beach house project located on the coast of São Paulo, we came across very clear conditions: accentuated downhill terrain as well as immersed in the Atlantic forest, legal restrictions for the occupation of the lot, topography and natural vegetation modified, besides the proximity with the main roads.

The starting point for our first design was to ideate a flat, sunny, open area with privacy on the terrace and swimming pool; that would fully integrate the area of leisure and socialization.

For this purpose, we created a basement floor, at the street level, composed by the main entrance, garage and all the dormitories. The central area of this floor is constituted through a large snipping on the floor, which integrates the circulation of the suites along with the grounds of the lower level, where we placed a water mirror to reflect the natural sunlight into the interior of the house.

At the upper level, we developed an L-shaped structure – weightless, light and open to the forest. Which ensures its privacy in regards to the street, while simultaneously generating a free area to the terrace and swimming pool, fully merging the living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen and spa. The inclined roof of this pavement demonstrates our intent of creating a spatial dynamic between the environments, through the constant variations of internal height, a characteristic pertaining to traditional constructions.

Due to the difficulties of implantation in the terrain and the total construction time, we opted for a metallic structure, which provided us a large spectrum of relatively thin structural profiles. The few finishing materials such as charred wood in the facades, sawed granites on the floors and natural wood in the linings were chosen due to its low maintenance. Therefore creating a palette of colors and textures coexisting with rustic and sophisticated imprints.

Jacobsen Arquitetura

são pedro house
© Leonardo Finotti
são pedro house
© Leonardo Finotti
são pedro house
© Leonardo Finotti
são pedro house
© Leonardo Finotti
são pedro house
© Leonardo Finotti
são pedro house
© Leonardo Finotti
são pedro house
© Leonardo Finotti
são pedro house
© Leonardo Finotti

All images courtesy of Jacobsen Arquitetura


Jacobsen Arquitetura

Paulo and Bernardo Jacobsen

Created by Paulo and Bernardo Jacobsen, Jacobsen Arquitetura today is a point of reference in the development of projects in dialogue with nature, without pre-conceived forms and in touch with its clients’ intentions and desires.

Paulo Jacobsen was Claudio Bernardes’ partner during 25 years in the Claudio Bernardes e Jacobsen architectural firm. Subsequently, with Thiago Bernardes, Claudio’s son, he created Bernardes + Jacobsen. In 2012, Jacobsen already had a depth of experience involving over 800 projects in various sectors, including high quality residential architecture, and the international experience of his son, Bernardo Jacobsen, who had worked with architects such as Christian de Portzamparc, in Paris, and Shigeru Ban, in Japan. Thus was Jacobsen Arquitetura born, which currently is developing approximately 60 projects with a team of 35 professionals divided between the offices of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.



  • Estrada Das Canoas, 1419
  • São Conrado
  • Rio De Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
  • T. +55 (21) 2274-2700
  • Al. Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 1310 / 061
  • Jardim Paulistano
  • São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • T. +55 (11) 3087-0600


Jacobsen Arquitetura


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