Commissioned by a couple with three young children, this weekend house, located one and a half hours away from São Paulo, is built on a sloped terrain surrounded by an important Atlantic Forest reserve, in a plot allowed for building purposes. The functional program was laid out in different levels so as to let the house adapt to the existing terrain and trees in a subtle fashion.
The entrance is made from the car park on the lower level, from which a wide staircase shoots up across the first floor and on to the terrace where the social areas and master suite are built under a light canopy.
The first floor houses the children’s suites and overhangs the stone base of the house, providing shelter to the car park and arriving guests. The sunscreen panels that clad this volume give privacy to the bedrooms and provide lightness and transparency to the building.
The upper floor is the most privileged part of the house, benefiting from outstanding views of the sea and beach that are less than one hundred meters away. The trapezoidal, wafer-thin, canopy sits on large glass panes and forms a pavilion that shares the same floor as the large veranda around it. The interior and exterior grades are one and the same.
The subtle canopy’s slope and the orientation of the timber sunscreens guide the eye towards the horizon, where an infinity edge makes the swimming pool part of the ocean.
Project Year: 2014
Architecture: Bernardes Arquitetura
Interior Design: Bernardes Arquitetura
Team: Thiago Bernardes (creative director), Dante Furlan, Camila Tariki, Bruno Milan, Daniel Vannucchi, Pérola Machado
Landscape Architecture: Isabel Duprat
Lighting Design: Lightworks
Photos: Ruy Teixeira / Leonardo Finotti
Design team and collaborators:
Construction Company: All’e Engenharia
Management: Cimenge Engenharia
Pool Design and Installation: COMARX
Electrical and Hydraulic Installations: Grau
Structural Design: Leão e Associados