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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.

Vila Castela Residence in Minas Gerais, Brazil by Anastasia Arquitetos (designed using AutoCAD)

October 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Anastasia Arquitetos

Built in a sloped site (30 degrees) in the city of Nova Lima, Brazil, the house uses dramatic cantilevers to emphasize the extremity of its position. We have chosen this concept not only for aesthetic reasons, but above all to reduce the interference of the building mass in the topography, keeping the site as natural as possible.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jomar Bragança)

  • Architect: Anastasia Arquitetos
  • Name of Project: Vila Castela Residence
  • Location: Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Year of completion: 2009
  • Project area: 650 square meters
  • Structural design: Lucas Saraiva
  • Construction: Campo Empreendimentos
  • Photos: Jomar Bragança
  • Software used: AutoCAD

As we placed the ground level of the residence 7 meters below the street , we were able to preserve the pedestrian view of the forest, at the same time that keeping the privacy of the owners, because the main apertures and the glass walls are oriented to the east, on the opposite side of the street. The urban impact of the residence is minimized, in benefit of the beautiful view of the woods.

Dining room (Images Courtesy Jomar Bragança)

As the climate of this region is very good, with average temperatures of 28°Celsius in the summer, and 16° Celsius in the winter, the right orientation of the doors and windows prevents the use of artificial climate. Solar voltaic cells are placed on the roof.

Living room (Images Courtesy Jomar Bragança)

The constructed area is 650 sq meters, divided into three floors: the basement, where the owners can enjoy leisure facilities such as sauna, Jacuzzi, and an wine cellar, the ground floor, where the living area and the kitchen, integrated to the outdoor swimming pool and external terrace, make this the centre of the house, and the first floor, where the occupants can obtain privacy in the bedrooms.

Front View (Images Courtesy Jomar Bragança)

The form is generated by the engineering of the concrete structure, which is robust and sculptural and, at the same time, light and contextualized with the surroundings, not a self -referred structure. The concrete maintains its texture, and the masonry is painted terracotta, for low maintenance reasons. (the ground has a red dust, iron ore dust).

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jomar Bragança)

We used as few columns as possible in order to preserve the existing site. Unsurprisingly, given the exquisite surroundings, the largest proportions of the building face outwards down the hill with views of the forest. Glazed elevations make the most of these views and also of the sunrise to the east.

This project was based on four main concepts: little interference in the site, better use of natural resources, integration to the surroundings, and a generous urban presence.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jomar Bragança)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jomar Bragança)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jomar Bragança)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jomar Bragança)

Basement Plan

First Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

Site Plan

Transversal Section

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Categories: Autocad, Residential

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