Located in the hills of Rio de Janeiro near São Conrado beach, Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas enjoys astounding views of Rio’s mountains and sea.
“Located in the hills near São Conrado beach, the plot intrigued the client, as it had no direct views of the sea, blocked by front neighbor’s wall, nor would it be the best choice to contemplate the surrounding mountains, due to the level difference with the street.” says Studio Arthur Casas.
“The solution was to raise the entrance, the social areas and the pool to the first floor, with a direct access from the higher level of the steep street. Thus, spectacular views were created by overlooking the neighbor’s house.”
“Large glass panels slide and hide behind the walls in order to erase the borders between inside and outside. Great spans amplify this sensation of living within the scenery. The infinity swimming pool seems to float above the lush forest and the Atlantic Ocean.”
“Guestrooms and service areas were located in the ground floor, surrounded by an enclosed garden. In the second floor, a volume with smaller proportions is covered in wood, housing private dependencies such as the master suite and the spa, both oriented towards the horizon.”
“The materials employed are inspired by the landscape, with local stone from nearby Minas Gerais state and cumaru wood (Brazilian Teak), extremely resistant to weather variations. The interior design valued comfort and casualness, by using the warm textures of Brazilian furniture blended with hand-picked foreign items.”
Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Author: Arthur Casas
Coauthors: Marina Werfel, Regiane Khristian E Renata Adoni.
Consultants Renata Tilli (landscape); Maneco Quinderé (lighting); Projest (structure); Noise (automation); PanoramAH (frames)
Suppliers: RB Engenharia, Hydrotech (wood); Palimanan, Yapo, Pagliotto, Rafael Peluccio (stones); Primo Vidros (glasses); Bloquete E Cia (concrete Flooring); Itaarte, Mont Blanc, Galeria De La Pietra (marble); Portobello, Portinari/cecrisa, Recesa, Colortil (ceramics); Jatoba, Atlas, Vidro Real (tiles); DOC, Tecnofial,
Eurocentro, Arcanduva, Snaldi (frames); Secca (steel Grid); Metalbagno, Altero, Mekal (metalwork)
Interior Design: Casual; Micasa; Varuzza; Nanni Chinelatto; Atelier Ricardo Fasanello; Dpot; Arthur Decor; Emporium Cortinas; Passado Composto.
Project Date: 2010
Project Completion: 2013
Plot Area: 1.310m²
Built Area: 485m²