December 26, 2012

Dreaming of our own little rooftop terrace

My wife and I have commissioned São Paulo-based Architects Marina Acayaba & Juan Pablo Rosenberg to design our new house.  Our 2013 new year's resolution is to finally start building on a narrow 10x40 urban lot.  We couldn't be more excited. 

One thing we're been discussing is the rooftop.  It has always intrigued me how houses in densely populated areas, that are usually confined to smaller lots, don't take advantage of exploring the rooftop as a way to feel less contrived by the proximity of neighbors.  This makes even more sense when you think that, in this part of the World, we enjoy year-round outdoor weather.  You see it happening in hotels, clubs or restaurants and less as an added space solution for urban residences.

Two weeks ago, my wife and I were in Miami and some friends took us to Juvia, a very hip restaurant with a fabulous terrace overlooking South Beach.  The restaurant is located in the stunning parking garage designed by Herzog & de Meuron on Lincoln Road.  New York's High Line is also a great inspiration on how to convert an abondoned elevated railway into an amazing public space with a fantastic rooftop feel. 

So, I'm super happy that we're settling for a project that has our family room on the rooftop, with a deck, an open-air fire pit and views of the many trees in our Alto da Boa Vista neighborhood.

As the World becomes increasingly urban, maybe the rooftop will replace the suburban backyard as the family's weekend hangout?

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