Brazilian architect Denis Joelsons has accomplished an oblong home in São Paulo, Brazil that’s set right into a slope composed of spherical backyard terraces.
Aptly named Casa dos Terraços Circulares – or the Home of Round Terraces – the two,725-square-foot (253 sq. metre) home is embedded inside a forested lot exterior of the town.
The home is oriented in the direction of its backyard, which options sinuous stone partitions that loop and overlap, anchoring the home into the location, whereas slim stone steps join the flat grassed areas that mitigate the location’s slope.
“The backyard design takes inspiration from an historic component discovered in numerous cultures, such because the agricultural terraces of the Incas, the elevated platforms of the Teotihuacans, or the Chinese language terraces,” Joelsons instructed Dezeen, referencing the six round platforms of various sizes that kind the yard.
The terraces had been constructed with the soil excavated for the inspiration, decreasing the necessity for concrete within the landscaping of the location. They function retaining partitions that assist protect the prevailing bushes.
This heavy earthen curvature is juxtaposed with the linear home constructed with a prefabricated wood construction.
Utilizing sq. modules that reference conventional Japanese motifs and rhythms, the facade is a sequence of stable and glazed sections.
One facet is extra glazed than the opposite, and Joelsons oriented this facet in the direction of the south to create “lovely mild results.” Clerestory home windows run alongside the north-facing facet, at grade.
The house is organized across the backyard plateaus with communal areas opening to a small, tiled terrace that additionally connects to a stepped entrance adjoining to the driveway.
At one finish of the home, a storage is embedded inside the land and topped by a suspended balcony. The identical retaining partitions within the backyard are built-in into the partitions that help the lined storage.
On the different finish are three personal suites – every with two entrances for circulation and cross-ventilation. This creates a deep hole within the centre of the plan – a front room that’s stepped down from the balcony and suites that “echoes the geography of the valley” in part.
“Whereas the roof is designed as a continuing and levelled line within the horizon, the ground surfaces conform to completely different layers on the floor, which configure a sequence dynamic areas with different ceiling heights,” Joelsons stated.
The inside and exterior materials palettes had been chosen for his or her pure properties and sturdiness.
The supplies’ weight and color are associated to their place in area – for instance, the black ceramic tile is used on the ground, whereas the ceiling consists of frivolously colored uncovered beams.
“The nearer they’re to the bottom, the heavier and darker they’re, and as we transfer away, the supplies turn into lighter and brighter, identical to the branching of a tree’s trunk in nature,” the staff defined.
“Due to this fact, the wood construction branches out, and the supplies turn into extra luminous as they method the sky.”
The construction options prefabricated wooden frames and the window frames are composed of reclaimed peroba-rosa wooden. The light-weight roof is constructed with OSB panels, a layer of thermal insulation and an EVA membrane for waterproofing.
Joelson and his staff additionally put in a posh gutter system.
“Its impluvium system with gutters not solely protects the terrain from erosion but additionally permits the creation of a rainwater cistern for backyard irrigation and plumbing,” Joelsons stated.
The house’s place and orientation negate the necessity for air con, whereas a central fire warms the home within the colder months.
Lately, Joelsons renovated a brick property exterior of São Paulo with a focal brick block front room. Different residential architects working towards within the space embrace Studio Guilherme Torres, which constructed a house with rammed-earth partitions within the metropolis.
The images is by Pedro Kok and Rodrigo Fonseca.
Structure: Denis Joelsons, João Marujo, Gabriela da Silva Pinto
Builder (masonry, foundations and finishings): Caio Martinez
Plumbing and electrical provides: Renan de Sousa
Doorways and home windows: Zé Madeiras
Timber construction: Ita Construtora