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Modern Tangram Shape Mediterranean Home


When Isabella and Diogo first visited what is now their light and open home, it had been years on the market and was a dark maze of rooms. They saw potential in its modernist history so they asked architects Pablo and Alberto Twose to uncover this more playful past.

source.image: Kirsten Dirksen

The Twoses discovered the home’s hidden geometry – a triangular mesh that formed hexagons and octagon – and began to play with the shapes like a tangram puzzle.

Using the shapes as a guide, they took down walls and doors creating open spaces that flow together. By playing with the tangram, the architects erased the labyrinth of dark rooms and replaced it with a light-filled space without doors that resembles “a forest with clearings that invite us to stop, play, rest”.


The tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat polygons, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective is to replicate a pattern (given only an outline) generally found in a puzzle book using all seven pieces without overlap.