Pier House / Gabriel Grinspum + Mariana Simas

© Pedro Vannucchi
© Pedro Vannucchi

Location: Paraty, RJ, Brazil
Project Team: Gabriel Grinspum, Mariana Simas
Trainee: Isabel Sperry
General Contractor: Luciênio Costa
Site Area: 4,000 sqm
Constructed Area: 60 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

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The “pier house” was built to house a sailboat during the week and its owners during the weekends. The alternate usage was suggested by the clients, a young couple from São Paulo.


The proposal was to divide the house in two volumes. The first one is a solid box covered with whitewash, and its “muxarabi” windows filter the light and allow permanent ventilation. It is the result of the region’s typical construction method, a legacy from colonial times. The second one was constructed with metal tile and pre-fabricated structure. This building has profited from the construction’s industrialization in order to dispense the building site and thus avoid the environmental impact.

© Pedro Vannucchi
© Pedro Vannucchi
© Pedro Vannucchi
© Pedro Vannucchi

The house situation in the site has been defined by two premises: the need for proximity to water in order to the boat to enter and preserve the dense vegetation of rainforest. The site is in the Saco do Mamanguá, RJ, a tropical fjord accessible only by boat without power, the very archetype of lost paradise. In this context, the house is pier together the idea of the “noble savage” with modern “eulogy of the machine”. Like a sailboat, poetic symbol of harmony between nature and human condition and, currently, subject of an ultra-sophisticated and green design, the pier house is the house of the “natural man” that makes use of sustainable benefits of technological advance.

Cite: "Pier House / Gabriel Grinspum + Mariana Simas" 23 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=44359>


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    i love the dead simple forms.
    and there’s a nice subtlety about the distinct transition from a mainly vertical, arboreal space to the horizontally focused waterfront room.

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