Created in 1999 by FAU-USP colleagues, the FGMF office was born with the purpose of producing a contemporary architecture without restrictions on the use of materials, construction techniques and scales. There are no pre-defined or rigid formulas: with each challenge, we start from scratch and make drawing our research tool to elaborate a new vision of building, object and city.
Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes and Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz have been trained by FAU-USP between 2001 and 2002. Between post-graduations, specializations and extensive experience of the construction site, their personal and professional characteristics are distinct but complementary, which results in a quite architectural vision wide and plural, revealed to each project.
The FGMF office signs the architecture and interior design of Colina House, a residence located at Fazenda Boa Vista, in Porto Feliz, in the interior of São Paulo. The result is a format resembling the letter “c”, which allows visual contact with all the ground floor environments of the residence.
The house is supported by a mixed-logic structural design in which a bare concrete wall, on the leftmost side of the house, connects the many levels and organises the main stairway that links them all. The rest of the house’s structure is composed of a lightweight steel-framing, allowing for larger-than-average glazed areas.