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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Leaf House in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Mareines + Patalano Arquitetura

 
September 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mareines + Patalano Arquitetura

This project was inspired by Brazil´s indian architecture, perfectely suited for the hot and humid climate where it stands, Angra dos  Reis,  one hour drive south of  Rio de Janeiro .The roof acts as a big leaf  that protects from the hot sun all the enclosed spaces of the house as the in-between open spaces, truly the most important ones . These in-between open spaces represent the essence of the design.

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

  • Architect:Mareines + Patalano Arquitetura
  • Name of Project: Leaf House
  • Location: Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design date: 2006/2007
  • Completion date: 2008
  • Site area: 40.000,00 m2
  • Built area: 800,00 m2
  • Photography: Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

  • Team of Architects: Ivo Mareines, Rafael Patalano, Paula Costa, Flávia Lima, Rafael Pretti
  • Construction: Laer Engenharia
  • Light design: Airton Pimenta
  • Landscape design: Marita Adania
  • Interior Design: Mareines + Patalano Arquitetura
  • Consultants:
     

    • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing: Laer engenharia
    • Steel structure: Abilitá projetos
    • Laminated wood structure: Andreas Hösch
  • Sources:
     

    • Laminated wood: Esmara estruturas de madeira
    • Windows: Eurocentro
    • Copper: Didine

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

They are the social areas, where the the owner of the house and his guests  spend most of their time. The very generous heights of these spaces, wich  varies from 3 to  9 metres, allow the SE trade winds from the sea to pass perfectly longitudinally trough the building, providindg natural ventilation and and passive cooling both to the enclosed and open spaces. We see it as low-tech ecoefficiency, where it has the greatest impact, the concept of the architectural design.

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

Our practice, lukcily in agreement whit our client, understand the idea of a tropical beach house as a mean to enhance the interaction between man and nature, trying whenever possible not to separete them completely. There are no corridors and inside and outside are almost fused. Many sliding doors, most glazed, open up the enclosed spaces and let the sea breeze in.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf)

The landscape is everywhere on the ground floor, and  the curvy swimming pool snakes into the house. When it passes below the formal dining room, it turns into a pond with aquatic plants  and fishes, reaching the rear “veranda”. This veranda is a resting space with five Brazil´s indians’ style hammocks. We call this space “ brazilian lounge”. The roof structure is made of laminated reflorestation wood ( eucaliptus ) , capable of crossing big spans ( 20 metres is tle biggest here) with delicacy and warm aesthetics.

Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf)

The roof is covered in small reflorestation wood tiles ( pinus taeda) , that easily adapt  to the complexes surfaces of it. It also collects rain water via the central steel column to be reused in gardening and flushing toiets. All surfaces finishes, except for glass and pre-oxidized copper are natural: Grey tiles of stone from the site, bamboo meshes, local wood from remanagement forests, earthy flooring and wood reused from old electricity posts.

Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf)

The use of all these natural materials, the transparency of the glass, the neutrality of the oxidized copper relating to the prevailing green of the designed and natural landscape along with the organic composition of the house and rich diversity of textures and rythyms created a very desireable reality  : The sensation of belonging to the site, in harmony with the exuberant brazilian nature.

Front View (Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf)

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf)

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf

Bedroom (Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Leonardo Finotti & Peter Wolf)

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