Açucena House

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
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.
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. 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.

Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Applicant and authors of the project
Tetro Arquitetura. «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».
Project by Carlos Maia, Débora Mendes, Igor Macedo.

Other participants
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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