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.