This modular dwelling in the timbered mountains around Sao Paulo was designed by the Brazilian forte, gimenes & marcondes ferraz ARQUITETOS.
Actually, there is no house. One could rather call it an inhabitable garden – nature and architecture intrinsically meshed one into another, yet clearly showing the role played by nature and by construction. Clear, precise, the wooden grid fits into a small valley to promote the spot’s original ‘function’: the house floats over the paths to the hill’s summit, the jungle and the river.
“Suspending the house above this spot is therefore a means to keep the site’s original routes and to create new ones. It makes possible to walk underneath the grid to find the river, and on the long deck or the green roof that cross the valley and connect jungle and hill.
Trees grow through the grid’s empty modules, fusing landscape and construction, yet paradoxically separating intervention from Nature. They belong to each other, but they don’t pretend to be the same – it’s rather a dialog that emphasizes coherence and unity.”
“In the top of the hill, with a superb 360º-view, two pavilions accommodate saunas, hydro-massage spa, living room, pool table and a kitchen. These pavilions hang over the cliff and create a void between the two volumes – an antithesis of the house, which fits the valley and occupies its center.”
Author: Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos (Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes and Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz)
Collaborators: Renata Davi, Renata Buschinelli Goes, Luiz Florence, Adriana Junqueira, Paloma Delgado, Ivo Magaldi, André Malheiros, Luciana Muller, Débora Zeppellini, Marília Caetano, Nilton Rossi, Ana Paula Barbosa
Landscape Design: CAP – Fernando Chacel and Sidney Linhares
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