To say that the Casa Boaçava celebrates the right angle would be to state the obvious.
Indeed, in this São Paulo-located house, completed in 2011, cubes and cuboids abound in different iterations throughout the structure. This begins from the very entrance, where we are treated to a façade of sheer, asymmetrically arranged concrete blocks: really emphatic, really beautiful.
Yet even some of the subtler instances are just as enjoyable. For instance, the simple little squares that occur beside every other step on the staircase.
Also, the two square windows in the bathroom, one a skylight and the other at the far end, both casting a hazy yet perceptible square of light on the floor at different points in the day.
It’s worth giving a nod to other elements of this lovely build, for instance, the exceptional quality of the polished wood floor that runs throughout the building, and also the tasteful simplicity of the furniture selection.
But it’s the right angles which really make this a special house. And while it’s a celebration that occurs quite a lot in modernist design, with the purity of form permitted by the flat roof a pretty fundamental element from Le Corbusier onwards, it’s nice to see it so clearly, once in a while, especially in a newly built house.
Photo by Mark Haddawy