São Paulo, Brazil

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May 14, 2010
Originally published in Megacities

For photographer Reinaldo Cóser and his family of four, the best way to deal with the sometimes-draining throb of massive São Paulo was to simply rise above.

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  The Cóser family lives in Jardim Europa, an unlikely neighborhood of winding, tree-lined streets and single-family homes in the heart of São Paulo.

    The Cóser family lives in Jardim Europa, an unlikely neighborhood of winding, tree-lined streets and single-family homes in the heart of São Paulo.

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  From the garden deck, Sophia Cóser talks to sister Helena and mother Piti through a wide, low-slung window typical of architect Marcio Kogan.

    From the garden deck, Sophia Cóser talks to sister Helena and mother Piti through a wide, low-slung window typical of architect Marcio Kogan.

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  Reinaldo checks out progress in the small garden that sits behind the main living area.

    Reinaldo checks out progress in the small garden that sits behind the main living area.

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  Four custom-built sliding doors divide indoor and outdoor spaces.

    Four custom-built sliding doors divide indoor and outdoor spaces.

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  In the media room, the saturated colors of the Paper chair by Piero Lissoni for Cappellini and the Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini contrast with the wide-screen view of the back garden.

    In the media room, the saturated colors of the Paper chair by Piero Lissoni for Cappellini and the Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini contrast with the wide-screen view of the back garden.

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  An inner wall divides the main gate from the inner garden, enhancing privacy and creating narrative suspense as you enter.

    An inner wall divides the main gate from the inner garden, enhancing privacy and creating narrative suspense as you enter.

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  By keeping the front and back gardens at the same elevation as the living area, Kogan created one giant living space. A large overhang means that even on a rainy day, the Cósers can live practically without walls. The dining area is defined by a classic Oval dining table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. Brazilian master designer Sergio Rodrigues did the matching pair of armchairs in the living room.

    By keeping the front and back gardens at the same elevation as the living area, Kogan created one giant living space. A large overhang means that even on a rainy day, the Cósers can live practically without walls. The dining area is defined by a classic Oval dining table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. Brazilian master designer Sergio Rodrigues did the matching pair of armchairs in the living room.

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  Sophia supervises her sister Helena as she cleans the surface of the small pool, whose rich emerald tiles echo the luxuriant greens of the garden’s tropical plantings.

    Sophia supervises her sister Helena as she cleans the surface of the small pool, whose rich emerald tiles echo the luxuriant greens of the garden’s tropical plantings.

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  Kogan designed a number of the built-in furnishings, including the headboard and cupboard in the master bedroom.The cupboard is deliberately reminiscent of a mid-century stereo speaker. The vintage lounge chairs are by Percival Lafer.

    Kogan designed a number of the built-in furnishings, including the headboard and cupboard in the master bedroom.The cupboard is deliberately reminiscent of a mid-century stereo speaker. The vintage lounge chairs are by Percival Lafer.

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  Kogan also designed almost all of the furnishings in Sophia’s bedroom.

    Kogan also designed almost all of the furnishings in Sophia’s bedroom.

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  The family makes ample use of the rooftop deck, which sits just off the master bedroom. Piti and Helena share a Hee lounge chair by Hay.

    The family makes ample use of the rooftop deck, which sits just off the master bedroom. Piti and Helena share a Hee lounge chair by Hay.

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