Casa Açucena | TETRO Arquitetura

Nova Lima / Brazil / 2021

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A place immersed in lush Atlantic Rainforest nature. A terrain filled with large leafy trees, foliage, shrubs, birds and wild animals. A challenging topography with a steep slope, characteristic of the Nova Lima region in Minas Gerais. This is the place where Casa Açucena is inserted.


The project is a response to a sensitive reading of the place. In a first contact with this terrain, it is already evident the need to maintain the natural characteristics. The act of looking upwards, from the ground to the canopy of trees, elevated up to fifteen meters above ground level, was decisive for the creation of the concept. How to build in a place with such a steep topography, while maintaining the original nature? How to give the residents the daily experience of looking up and seeing the sky through the treetops. These were the questions that guided all design decisions.


The initial understanding that architecture should mold to the terrain, and not the other way around, was the starting point. The house rises above the ground and the animal and plant life develops underneath. The program shapes itself by occupying the empty spaces between the trees. No trees are removed. The topography is not changed. Art and Nature in perfect harmony. From this point on, no choice or design decision was made by taste or will of the architect. Everything is a response and is intended to reinforce a concept.


 The house, in its white color, is a surprise to those who arrive. Its randomly placed black pillars blend in with the trunks. The house seems to float. Its fluid plan, a result of the program's occupation among the trees, and its openings and folds in the slab, to reach the view of the treetops, generate the volumetry. The architecture is harmoniously inserted next to the natural vegetation, but maintains its presence. Surprise and novelty are values inherent to art. Casa Açucena presents itself as a white flower in the midst of nature.


Completion year: 2021


Total built area (m2): 500 m²


Photographer: Jomar Bragança


Photographer's website: http://jomarbraganca.com.br/


 


Contributors:


Laura Georgia Rodrigues Layoun


Otávio


Daniele Meloni


Déborah Martins


 


Concrete structural project: M Estruturas


Electrical and hydraulic installations project:


Construction: Engecapo


 


List of Manufacturers:


List of manufacturers of materials and finishes used in the work:


- Wood Floors and decks - Lagoa Parket Indusparket


- Closets - Marcatto


- Panels and Doors - Marcenaria Tomáz


- Automation - Stereosound


- Lighting - Iluminar


- Windows and Glasses - Metalnobre Esquadrias


- Metalwork - Omega Sertalheria


- Landscaping - Nativa Paisagismo


- Stones, Marble and Countertops - Art Pedras


- Electric Finishing - Pial Legrand


- Porcelains and Metals - CCR Decor


- Hijau - Lantai


- Pool Equipment - Praia Piscinas

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    A place immersed in lush Atlantic Rainforest nature. A terrain filled with large leafy trees, foliage, shrubs, birds and wild animals. A challenging topography with a steep slope, characteristic of the Nova Lima region in Minas Gerais. This is the place where Casa Açucena is inserted. The project is a response to a sensitive reading of the place. In a first contact with this terrain, it is already evident the need to maintain the natural characteristics. The act of looking upwards, from...

    Project details
    • Year 2021
    • Work finished in 2021
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Interior Design
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