Casa da Laje Inclinada

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
This house, set on a steep slope covered with typical Brazilian savanna vegetation, is located in front of a preserved area facing mountain views. Its location strategy, longitudinal to the terrain’s contour lines, is defined by the extensive cover concrete slab, which is fluidly inserted according to the specific needs of the program and the terrain.
At first the concrete slab appears as a light component, which rests on only two pillars. It has the function of marking the main access and the garage, as well as framing the panorama that walks between the spectacular view of the mountains and the limit of the densely populated area of Belo Horizonte. Further down the slab slopes downwards, connecting to the terrace where the pool and the large wooden deck are located, which defines the main spaces of the ground floor. The deck covers the whole course of the slab, shading it and hiding the inverted beams, giving lightness to the whole structure.

Vila Alpina, Nova Lima, Brazil

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Applicant and authors of the project
TETRO Arquitetura.
Located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tetro Arquitetura is formed by architects Carlos Maia, Débora Mendes and Igor Macedo. The office's professional practice is based on the careful study of the premises and conditions presented by the location and the client, always seeking for a unique and irreplicable solution to each project. Fundamentals such as the integration with nature, the use of apparent materials and the exploration of empty spaces are characteristics that permeate all the work.
Architects of the project: Débora Mendes — Partner, Igor Macedo — Partner.