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homes Elegant Living

life Made to Light Up the new residence of Brazilian Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Paulo Alberto Da Silveira Soares, epitomises a modern Brazilian architecture in Jakarta. Tyara P Hansel writes n photography

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t didn’t take too long for the newly appointed Ambassador to find the perfect house in this city. “We saw this house and fell in love with it at first sight,” says the Ambassador. What made him even more excited was when he discovered the house had a gorgeous golf course, just a stone’s throw away, at the back of the house. “It’s almost like a part of our house,” he continues, “not to mention the fact that it’s strategically located and offers walking access not only to golf course but also to shopping centres,” adds Madame Luisa Soares with laugh. From the outside, the abode may look like just any other modern architecture with clean white walls and a sleek patio, yet inside, the house has this indescribable artistic feeling that makes first-time visitors feel as if they were in a sophisticated art gallery, full of artworks hung nicely on a coloured block wall. The coloured block wall is another thing.

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Pool side cigar lounge; The green receiving room; Red corner under the stairs

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View from the second floor

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Spacious terrace with swimming pool; The yellow receiving room

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“The house underwent a major renovation by the former owner. When we moved in, we repainted the wall to make it more alive, and let the rest as it was,” he elaborates. Walking around the house is like exploring an art exhibition, a slew of paintings and sculptures by Indonesian maestro Affandi and ItalianBrazilian sculptor Bruno Giorgi displayed on the first floor—not to mention other artsy knickknacks from all over the world. The building adopts the Brazilian-meetsIndonesian concept in which it takes into consideration the tropical climate of the two countries. Another interesting feature of the house is that it is made curtain-less. “Having no curtains makes the maintenance

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H.E. Paulo Alberto Da Silveira Soares and wife; Painting collections; Entrance from the right side of the house


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The modern style dining area; Christmas ornament in the corner of the receiving room; Exotic ornaments of the house

of this house much easier, and it allows natural light to flood into the spaces that it makes the house airier and appear larger,” the Ambassador explains. The residence boasts two main entrances, one in front and the other one on the wing of the structure. The first floor, where the Ambassador welcomes his many guests, is extremely spacious and cosy. It consists of three generously–sized receiving rooms, a couple of powder rooms, and a library with a working station. The first floor also houses a dining area with a seating capacity of 10, a kitchen, and a blue walled cigar lounge overlooking an exotic pool and the green golf course. Asked the Ambassador what his favourite room is, he said: “The cigar lounge.” Meanwhile, the second floor features three furnished guest bedrooms and one master bedroom with walking closets and a balcony. indonesia tatler

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“Having no curtains ­allows natural light to flood into the space. It makes the house airier” Here, there’s a special room designed for Madame Soares, a sanctuary where she usually spends hours painting, listening to music, or just browsing the Internet. The room is lit up with calm yellow light and has a unique stairway leading to the third floor where you can find a large open-air sitting area and terrace that can accommodate more than 80 people.

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Homes Article, Indonesia Tatler, February 2012