Program: The client, a writer, wanted a place to rest and recharge that was separate from his work space.
Location: Itaipava, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Solution: The architects envisioned the house as a protective haven—akin to a cave—from which the client would emerge rested and inspired. A rectangular volume defined by the site’s small buildable area, the house’s cozy interior—the floor and ceiling is sheathed in wood— includes a bedroom, bathroom, and small pantry. One large window in the bedroom overlooks the lush landscape, allowing the writer to connect with nature while remaining secluded.
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Flavia Quintanilha, Rodrigo Fernandes
General contractor: K2 Engenharia
Photographer: Leonardo Finotti, +55 11 9 87811913
Masonry: Clay brick
Wood: Cumaru Timber
Other cladding unique to this project: Stones found in the lot that were hewed to coat the masonry.
Metal: Metal sheet
Metal frame: Aluminium and glass
Entrances: Corten Steel
Sliding doors: Aluminium and glass
Wall coverings: Stones from the lot
Floor and wall tile: Peroba do Campo timber