Home Designs Published by Stela Lucija, Saturday, May 06th 2017, 12:50:12 PM.
This modern forest house is built inside a really well preserved and protected native forest of the Atlantic Rainforest in Iporanga, on Sao Paulo’s coast, about 120km east of the Sao Paulo, Brazil. The demand by the clients for this summer house / condo is to use minimum lot / land area to build the house while at the same time, fulfilling the need of a large and comfortable house that accommodates 5 suites. The 400 + sq meters total area was divided into three floors. The common area is located on the first floor, dining, living, kitchen and the swimming pool. The first floor itself is raised above the ground floor that accommodates the enclosed service area, a deposit, laundry and the small accommodation for the house keeper couple. This ground level is raised above the humid soil.
The first floor is supported by the concrete columns that that rise from the foundation to support the steel beams and the concrete deck / floor. The steel beams support the wood frame volume that houses the private area of the house, the five suites for the couple, their three sons and a guest room. As a private area, the street side is enclosed by opaque board accented by a cement slab, (made of wood and covered on both faces with a cement slab). Other materials would be glass panels along with a nylon curtain. This level is located at the trees’ crowns so the architect of Nitsche Arquitetos Associados built a common veranda accessed by all those suites via aluminum sliding doors.
The social area of this modern forest house is shadowed by this third volume, this all-fresco living is connected seamlessly via the transparent walls, the temperate glass sliding panels that enclose the first floor / middle volume that make the forest visible at any time. While the construction was tried to be a process of assembling parts rather than a loco process, creating less waste at the building site, more agility and proper use of industrialized materials, the design as a whole tries to seamlessly connect the indoor with its serene outdoor spaces. Architect: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados. Photography by Nelson Kon.
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