Interview: 9 Preferred Materials Architect Mauricio Lage

At the time of reform, build or design, it is common the variety of materials available on the market end up leaving architects and clients in doubt about which one to choose product.

Therefore, we invite the architect Mauricio Lage – responsible for building the house Chassis in Award 2016 to present their 9 preferred materials when it comes to architecture and construction. Check it:


Among the various types of existing wood floors, the clubs are the most durable and resistant. The fashion of the clubs began in the 1950s and 1960s and since then has never ceased to be used.

In bonito, wood clubs still maintains the heated environments and can be installed at various positions on the ground. After worn, simply sanding and varnishing the floor is looking new. See  how to renew wood floors damaged with time.

Epoxy Paint

Available in several colors and finishes, the epoxy paint is highly resistant and durable. Moreover, the material can also be applied on concrete floors, cemented floors, tiles, metal, plaster and masonry walls, one of the most versatile materials market. Learn.

On average, a gallon of 3.6 liters is sold for R $ 170.00.

Cementitious Board

The prefabricated cement slabs are versatile, speed the time to work and have residential and industrial use. They can be used in external and internal environments for closing structural walls, fence walls and facades.

The plates are also impact resistant and can be used in wet areas such as bathroom and kitchen. Furthermore, it is also possible to apply paint, ceramic, roughcast or any desired coating, as is done in traditional masonry walls.

The internal structure of the house Chassis, the design built in 10 days to the Prize 2016, was all covered by cement slabs, showing how you can optimize time and save materials when building or renovating.

Hydraulic tile (Geometric/Monochrome)

The hydraulic tiles emerged as alternatives to marble and ceramic. They can be used on floors and walls, and the infinite variety of colors, prints and models makes the tiles are the preferred option in most kitchens and bathrooms. Check out some decorating tips with hydraulic tiles.

On average, each unit comes from R $ 6.50.

Maintenance is also easy, on the day-to-day, just a damp cloth with soap or wax once a month to maintain the beauty of the pieces.

Multi-Wall Polycarbonate

Tougher than glass and plastic, honeycomb polycarbonate is a plate used in walkways, canopies, partitions, side locks and roofing in general. The cost is available when compared to the compact polycarbonate, besides the material is lighter, resistant to impacts and allow the passage daylighting. Check out more about its use.


OSB is a plate composed of small strips of wood placed in the same direction. Together with resin and pressed under high temperature, the strips become OSB board in a rigid and highly resistant material can be used in structural liner homes and even buildings. When used indoors, OSB boards can also receive paint and other types of finishing.

Moreover, the material is environmentally friendly, making their cost is much lower when compared to other construction materials with the same use. See where it can be applied.

Corten Steel

The Corten steel, or weathering steel has corrosion resistance three times higher than ordinary steel, may be used as apparent structure or inside a building.

The rusty look of corten steel (patina) is precisely what protects against corrosion and weathering, an oxide film is formed, adhere to the material and prevents contact with corrosive natural agents. The corten steel can be found in the flat bars shape, angles, tubes, plates and even custom shapes.

Solid Brick

The solid bricks are versatile, do not require maintenance over time, they do not need coating and are quite versatile. Furthermore, the solid bricks have durability and heat insulation, being very apparent manner used in interior design. See more projects and how to use them.


The formica is a laminate coating may applied in furniture, floors, walls and even doors. It is manufactured from high pressure, which ensures the durability and resistance to abrasion and elevated temperatures. As a non-porous surface, Formica prevents the accumulation of dust for cleaning and maintenance, just a damp cloth with soap and detergent.

And you have a favorite material in time to run your projects? Tell to us in the comments.