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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.

BAR-POOL-GALLERY in Nova Lima, Brazil by BCMF Arquitetos + MACh

 
August 22nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BCMF Arquitetos + MACh

Designed and built over just three months, the “Bar-Pool-Gallery” was planned for the Casa Cor MG 2014 as a kind of a hilltop belvedere. The site is located in the central area of a private weekend retreat development, a series of bungalows with hotel infrastructure scattered on a sloping mountain overlooking the stunning valleys of Nova Lima, 12 km away from the city of Belo Horizonte.

Landscape view from the pool deck, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Landscape view from the pool deck, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

  • Architects: BCMF Arquitetos (Bruno Campos, Marcelo Fontes & Silvio Todeschi) + MACh (Fernando Maculan & Mariza Machado Coelho)
  • Project: BAR-POOL-GALLERY
  • Location: Nova Lima, MG (Brazil)
  • Photography: Gabriel Castro, Jomar Bragança
  • Team: Patrícia Bueno, Vanessa Couto, Pedro Pereira, Yi Wang, Mateus Lira & Marcela
  • Client: Casa Cor MG
  • Interiors (Bar): Ana Bahia
  • Structure: Conceptus Projetos Estruturais (Sérgio Carvalho) & Antônio Victor (Piscina)
  • Exhibit (Gallery): Mostra Pau Ferro Cultural (curated by Luciana Garcia Waisberg)
  • Consultants: Ambiente Piscinas
  • Surface area: Bar (125m2) / Swimming-Pool (340m2) / Gallery (110m2)
  • Date: December 2014

 Overall view, main access to the Bar, swimming pool and terrace deck, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Overall view, main access to the Bar, swimming pool and terrace deck, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

The Project comprises two very simple buildings with a common open space in between. BCMF Architects (http://www.bcmfarquitetos.com/) designed the Bar, while MACh  Architects (http://www.mach.arq.br/) designed the Gallery. The open area (swimming-pool and deck) that integrates both structures and programs was designed in collaboration by the two studios, which are frequent partners and share the same working space since 2010)

Semi-burried Gallery side view, with Bar on the background, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Semi-burried Gallery side view, with Bar on the background, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Gallery access ramp, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Gallery access ramp, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

The Bar is basically a raw concrete “square tube” structure with a cantilever spanning 10m over the site’s slope, pointing out to the landscape.  In contrast to its neighbors, identical bungalows that are accommodated according to the contour lines, the horizontal volume of the bar sticks out against the steep topography (north-south orientation), opening up enough space for the pool and deck, which unfolds on the rooftop of the Gallery. The structure is an extremely simple volume (a 3x5x5m prism) as opposed to the pitched roof two-storey bungalows from the condominium, with few stark materials and almost no finishes.

 Deck on the Gallery rooftop, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Deck on the Gallery rooftop, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Main access to the Bar, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Main access to the Bar, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Inside, there is a sequence os places from one end to the other of the tube: veranda (entry porch), lounge, indoor-outdoor bar, main sitting area and, on the end of the cantilever, another veranda framing the landscape. The ribbed pre-cast slab of the ceiling suggested a series of “pixilated” openings to flood the core with soft natural light, while the floor is treated an extension of the swimming pool’s wooden deck. Simple furniture pieces and delicate lighting fixtures fits the interior of the bar (by Ana Bahia), giving it a casual and informal feel.

Bar's internal view, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Bar’s internal view, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Bar's veranda, overlooking the valley, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Bar’s veranda, overlooking the valley, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

The Gallery is the only “semi-buried” structure of the development. This strategy allowed open views from the landscape, and the use of the roof as a split-level observatory deck, which is an extension of the swimming-pool deck.

Deck and pool, connection between the Bar and the Gallery, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Deck and pool, connection between the Bar and the Gallery, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Swimming Pool deck on the gallery rooftop, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Swimming Pool deck on the gallery rooftop, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Two raw concrete boxes compose the building: one formed by the floor slab and walls, and the other one formed by the roof slab and beams. Steel columns allow a horizontal gap between the two boxes, bringing a beam of light to the interior as well as views from the swimming pool. The access ramps and stairs play with the landscape, hiding away and revealing views as you approach the sunken space, culminating in a complete opening on the interior that frames the view in a way similar to the Bar’s.

Overall view from the semi-burried Gallery, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Overall view from the semi-burried Gallery, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

External view of the Gallery, with Bar on the right, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

External view of the Gallery, with Bar on the right, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Bar view from the back, cantilever spanning 10m over the site’s slope, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Bar view from the back, cantilever spanning 10m over the site’s slope, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Bar view from the side, cantilever spanning 10m over the site’s slope, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Bar view from the side, cantilever spanning 10m over the site’s slope, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Gallery's internal view, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Gallery’s internal view, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Gallery's internal view, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Gallery’s internal view, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Castro

Side façade, Bar connection with the deck and swimming pool, Image Courtesy © Jomar Bragança

Side façade, Bar connection with the deck and swimming pool, Image Courtesy © Jomar Bragança

Deck and pool, connection between the Bar and the Gallery, Image Courtesy © Jomar Bragança

Deck and pool, connection between the Bar and the Gallery, Image Courtesy © Jomar Bragança

Front Elevation , Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Front Elevation
, Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Bck view , Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Bck view
, Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Overall view, Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Overall view, Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Back view , Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Back view
, Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Site plan , Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Site plan
, Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Roof plan , Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Roof plan
, Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Floor plan - Gallery , Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Floor plan – Gallery
, Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos / Mach Arquitetos

Overall view  , Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos

Overall view
, Image Courtesy © BCMF Arquitetos

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