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ElementBrandProduct Name
LightingFlos
ManufacturersB&B Italia
LightingIluminar
Wood Floors and decksLagoa Parket
Electric FinishingLegrand

Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
Lighting
Wood Floors and decks
Electric Finishing
by Legrand

Casa Açucena

Tetro Arquitetura e Engenharia as Architects

A place immersed in lush Atlantic Rainforest nature. A terrain filled with large leafy trees, foliage, shrubs, birds and wild animals. A challenging topography with a steep slope, characteristic of the Nova Lima region in Minas Gerais. This is the place where Casa Açucena is inserted. 

photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança
photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança

The project is a response to a sensitive reading of the place. In a first contact with this terrain, it is already evident the need to maintain the natural characteristics. The act of looking upwards, from the ground to the canopy of trees, elevated up to fifteen meters above ground level, was decisive for the creation of the concept.

photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança
photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança

How to build in a place with such a steep topography, while maintaining the original nature? How to give the residents the daily experience of looking up and seeing the sky through the treetops. These were the questions that guided all design decisions. 
The initial understanding that architecture should mold to the terrain, and not the other way around, was the starting point. The house rises above the ground and the animal and plant life develops underneath. The program shapes itself by occupying the empty spaces between the trees. No trees are removed. The topography is not changed. Art and Nature in perfect harmony. From this point on, no choice or design decision was made by taste or will of the architect. Everything is a response and is intended to reinforce a concept.

photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança
photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança

 The house, in its white color, is a surprise to those who arrive. Its randomly placed black pillars blend in with the trunks. The house seems to float. Its fluid plan, a result of the program's occupation among the trees, and its openings and folds in the slab, to reach the view of the treetops, generate the volumetry. The architecture is harmoniously inserted next to the natural vegetation, but maintains its presence. Surprise and novelty are values inherent to art. Casa Açucena presents itself as a white flower in the midst of nature.

photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança
photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança

Team: 

Architecture: TETRO Arquitetura
Responsible Architects: Carlos Maia, Débora Mendes and Igor Macedo
Contributors: Laura Georgia Rodrigues Layoun, Otávio, Daniele Meloni, Déborah Martins
Concrete structural project: M Estruturas
Construction: Engecapo
Photographer: Jomar Bragança

photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança
photo_credit Jomar Bragança
Jomar Bragança

Materials Used: 

Wood Floors and decks - Lagoa Parket Indusparket
Closets - Marcatto
Panels and Doors - Marcenaria Tomáz
Automation - Stereosound
Lighting - Iluminar
Windows and Glasses - Metalnobre Esquadrias
Metalwork - Omega Sertalheria
Landscaping - Nativa Paisagismo
Stones, Marble and Countertops - Art Pedras
Electric Finishing - Pial Legrand
Porcelains and Metals - CCR Decor
Hijau - Lantai
Pool Equipment - Praia Piscinas

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