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Architect: Marcio Kogan

Location: Brasilia, Brazil


Design Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2008
Co-author: Suzana Glogowski
Collaborators: Lair Reis, Oswaldo Pessano, Samanta Cafardo, Carolina
Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas,
Gabriel Kogan, Renata Furlanetto
Site Area: 797 sqm
Constructed Area: 270 sqm
Contractor: Abaco Engenharia
Landscape: Renata Tilli
Photographs: Zuleika de Souza, Claudio Dupas

In front of the entrance of the Osler House, located in Brasilia, there is a panel of
tiles by the artist Athos Bulcão, designed especially for this wall. Dozens of buildings
in Brasilia have panels by Athos, among them are: Planalto Palace, Itamaraty and
the National Theater, all by Niemeyer. The artist’s modular tiles are an outstanding
feature incorporated into the modern architecture of the modern city: from the
beautiful residential buildings of the 60’s on the city’s south wing to the original
projects for the institutions of the Brazilian political capital.

The classic and modern tiles of Athos are here in this house of 250m2 which takes on other
designs of the modern city: the windows, the concrete, the plant. Two volumes and a small pool
and garden compose the organization of the entire program.
On the ground floor, the rooms open out using rotating wooden panels, which are reminiscent of
other elements frequently used in the modernist city. Throughout this area there is cross-
ventilation. The small foyer in the entrance connects to the second floor with a delicate staircase.
The upper floor is organized in a prism of glass and concrete and is supported by
stilts. The living room is in spatial continuity with the kitchen, separated only by a
table used to prepare the food. All of the equipment and furniture of the kitchen are
available on this table, in order that nothing vertically interrupts the visual
transparency of the volume. On the roof of the ground floor, connected to the living
room, the garden terrace extends the external area.