The beach kiosk and boat refuge is located in the Jaguanum Island within a protected region of the Mata Atlantica (tropical biosphere) in Brazil.
The project is for a ‘caiçara’ couple and consists of a kitchen and a sitting area that during the evening is used as a refuge for boats. Caiçaras are the traditional inhabitants of the coastal regions off the south-eastern and southern Brazil and they descend from indigenous people, Europeans and Africans. Their traditional way of life based on subsistence agriculture, hunting and fishing is threatened by real estate speculation, restrictive laws and declining fish stocks.
This project fits within a wider strategy to gradually and systematically turn the current predatory tourism into ecotourism. Hence the kiosk aims to develop a sustainable income generation opportunity for the couple and other fishermen by promoting the local produce and traditional food; this kiosk would target visitors interested in Caicaras culture and the nature of the island.
The kiosk was built in three weeks and was designed considering the close relationship of the local people with nature, and incorporates much of the outdoors, sea and tropical vegetation into the building. The kiosk sits just meters away from the water during the high tide and the sand in the sitting area brings the beach into the building blurring the limits between outside and inside areas. The roofs and large openings allow for cross ventilation and views out to the sea and to the green background of banana trees, some of which were brought into the site forming a ‘circulo de bananeras’ to naturally treat grey waters. Locally sourced bamboo was used to enclose the kitchen area and translucent polypropylene sheets to cover the roof, bringing 70% of natural light into the space whilst filtering UV and turning the kiosk into a lantern at night.
Material Used :
1. Disensa – Wood sealer – Maçaranduba 6 x 12 cm
2. Ibrap – Corrugated PP roofing sheet – 3,66x1,10m
3. Ibrap – PP chock for PP corrugated tile
4. Forlux – White tortoise lamp
5. Lorenzetti – Kitchen tap – Fitt 1167 F61 Lorenzetti
6. Disensa – Wood sealer – cedrinho 5 cm
7. Deca – Vase- Deca couple tableware vase
8. Deca – Washbasin – Izy Deca
9. Tigre – External frame
10. Tigre – PVC register weld – Compact Tigre