Elevated from the natural ground level, Hanging House by Casa Container Marilia is raised from the natural ground level of its site in the Sao Paulo state in Brazil. Surrounded by native trees, windows are at the level of the treetops and balconies blend in with the branches. The earth remains largely untouched, preserving drainage and root dynamics, which were not harmed due to the minimal use of concrete foundations.
The concept is that of a country house integrated with the local ecosystem, placing sustainability and recyclability at the fore. A construction system of recycled maritime containers was thus adopted. In total 80% of materials used in the build come from recycled sources.
Common areas of the house include living spaces, leisure areas and balconies. In addition there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. With no television of wifi, the house offers a disconnection from the digital world and encourages enjoyment of nature and family life.
Metal pillars comprise the support of the house. The ‘V’ system provides savings in foundation areas by only requiring a single base for two supports. The foundations are shallow because the weight of the house is relatively light and the ground is firm.
A green roof complete with a rainwater storage system minimizes the need for irrigation. This system provides greater thermal comfort inside the house and further integrates the house with nature.
The interior is lined with demolition wood. In addition to being recycled, the wood does not require internal paint as it has its own unique finish. Internal doors on the first floor of the house are made of reused plates of the cutouts of the containers, minimizing excess material.
Despite having no air conditioning system the house remains pleasant even on the hottest days. The surrounding tree cover provides shade all day long. Additionally, local winds combine with the wall insulation system and cross-ventilation strategies to provide excellent thermal comfort inside the residence.