Outside Home Birthday
The project title refers to the habits of people in many places in Brazil of having their birthday right outside their front door so that the neighbours passing by can see and easily enjoy getting together.
The drawings try to reveal and explore the ways in which people in Brazil extend their lives far beyond the confined space of the home to the exterior, something that happens mainly in devaluated housing typologies such as modernist big scale housing, slums and others but which all has in common the collective living potential. The design tries to contemporarily reinterpret such potential.
Who influences you graphically?
At the moment I am reading a book from the famous Brazilian historian Sérgio Buarque de Holanda which features the Abaporu painting from Tarsila do Amaral on its cover. The painting has proven to be a great influence alongside the whole Brazilian modernist movement and the European equivalent.
The Japanese Edo age is also famous for the almost orthogonal representation of life scenes in two-dimensional ornamental textures that also abstract the perspective and for me makes them more dreamlike.
Within the field of architectural there are many contemporary and past practices that are a big source of inspiration, not only in the way they approach the notion of representational but in the way that the design thinking is also influenced by the visual concept of it. I frequently check some offices as Dogma, OMMX, Fala Atelier, Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Josep Ferrando, Viar Estudio, Peza Von Ellrichshausen, and the list goes on, there are many good practices today.
What defined the circular format?
The circle is suggestive of a continuity of the scene outside the circular frame, more natural to the eye as that of a binocular’s view, which would not happen with the rectangle, which engages a more closed and composed composition. The scenes together also refer to the perforated facade of Lina Bo Bardsi`s Sesc Pompeia project in São Paulo.
What is the effect and purpose of the silhouettes appearing both within and without this space?
People represented here occupy the space as a whole where the domesticity of the interior domain of the home overflows beyond the threshold of the wall. The limits are diluted as the private and public spheres of space intersect one another to what I believe is one of the crucial aspects of a live urban space. As we occupy the city as our own common space even by sitting in a public bench to talk we make it more pleasantly liveable and in consequence secure for others and our self, since safety is a big aspect of the urban environment in Brazil.
What as your work process in terms of image development in relation to your observations in Brazil?
Those of us who have grown up in Brazil are accustomed to the colourful and cheerful images from people and nature itself, as such contrast in many senses is something very usual in our society, even though that does not always mean that we are a very open-minded culture. The images of the project shown are a composition of a neutral support for the people’s appropriation alongside with their colourful habits of for instance the costume of having many plants inside home and colourful furniture. The contrast then between the support and appropriation is something used to highlight aspects of Brazilian culture through architecture.
Where do you see this study going next?
This final thesis project of architecture school taught me a lot about subtleties of living and housing through the design of architecture and that is something that I will carry on in my professional life and I hope it will contribute to a better designed living conditions for our society.
How important was the selection and choreographing of the various silhouettes?
The images aim to be a design tool for the ways that everyday domestic activities shape the residential space and are able to do so through the design itself. It was personally important for me to see the rendering images included in the design process in which by seeing a more realistic image we are able to perceive aspects not realized before and receive feedback from them to go back and forth at design steps and reach more thoughtful results.