A square wall covered in plants is an unusual feature of a residential development in São Paulo, designed by Brazilian architecture studio TACOA.
Vila Aspicuelta is a terrace of eight houses. Architects Rodrigo Cervino Lopez and Fernando Falcon of TACOA planned the building as a series of maisonettes rather than as a housing block, meaning that each residence would have more than one floor and its own private access.
“The eight houses challenge the logic of vertical buildings – the different units are disposed side by side horizontally, and function vertically,” said the architects.
The building is raised off the ground to create parking spaces at ground level and eight separate concrete staircases lead up to each of the residences.