The Flying House Shows There’s Great Value In The Little Things

To understand why this is called the Flying House you have to look down, at that little gap in the facade which makes it seem as if the house is levitating. Just a few centimeters end up having a huge impact on this entire building. The house is located in São Carlos, Brazil and was designed and built by studio Raquel Pelosi Arquitetura e Design Visual in 2018. It’s defined by simplicity and this is reflected in the overall geometry of the volumes, the materials and finishes used as well as the distribution of the  spaces.

The Flying House's defining characteristic is its simplicity, inside and outView in gallery
The Flying House’s defining characteristic is its simplicity, inside and out
Minimalism also defines the interior spaces which focus on functionality without neglecting styleView in gallery
Minimalism also defines the interior spaces which focus on functionality without neglecting style
Sliding wooden dividers filter the sunlight and allow the indoor spaces to open up to the gardenView in gallery
Sliding wooden dividers filter the sunlight and allow the indoor spaces to open up to the garden
The site is small and the outdoor volumes are not extensive but even so they're quite diverseView in gallery
The site is small and the outdoor volumes are not extensive but even so they’re quite diverse
The swimming pool and adjacent deck occupy this corner and are framed by privacy wallsView in gallery
The swimming pool and adjacent deck occupy this corner and are framed by privacy walls

Sliding doors ensure flexibility and fluidity between the different functions and create a harmonious mixture of internal and external spaces. The doors hide into the walls making these transitions even more seamless. The house also focuses its openings towards the rear section of the site, where the garden and swimming pool area are. Sliding wooden brise-soleils filter the sunlight and maintain a strong connection between the indoor and outdoor sections even when they’re closed. They also add a bit of diversity to the facades, breaking the solid white volumes.

Sliding doors ensure a very flexible internal layout, allowing the spaces to flow seamlesslyView in gallery
Sliding doors ensure a very flexible internal layout, allowing the spaces to flow seamlessly
The wooden brise soleils filter the sunlight but don't completely block the viewView in gallery
The wooden brise soleils filter the sunlight but don’t completely block the view
Wooden surfaces are scattered all over the house, adding warmth and color to the rooms View in gallery
Wooden surfaces are scattered all over the house, adding warmth and color to the rooms
The simple and clean aesthetic suits the house perfectly, allowing it to stand out and blend in at the same timeView in gallery
The simple and clean aesthetic suits the house perfectly, allowing it to stand out and blend in at the same time