An austere concrete wall screens the transparent reduce floor of this home in southern Brazil, whilst the overhanging upper storey is masked behind a layer of timber slats (pictures by Leonardo Finotti + slideshow).
The ground floor is devoted to the family’;s communal activities whilst the upstairs level includes bedrooms, and the architects chose to highlight this distinction through the use of various external materials.
A single-storey concrete wall stretches across the site, from the north-west to the south-east, screening the ground floor from the street. Behind it, the rest of the walls function floor-to-ceiling glazing that makes it possible for residents to open their living spaces out to the landscape.
The positioning of furnishings divides the space up into diverse zones for cooking, dining, reading and relaxing. The ceiling overhead is exposed concrete, although the floor is covered with tiles that continue outside the walls.
Upstairs, huge balconies extend the length of the floor, making overhangs that shelter both the front entrance and a rear patio. One balcony belongs to the master bedroom and en suite, while the other sits alongside 2 smaller bedrooms.
“Visual filters in the expansion spaces next to bedrooms permit open-air experiences of another nature,” added the architect.First floor plan – click for bigger image
Photography is by Leonardo Finotti.Section – click for larger image