Text description provided by the architects. This house, project by Progetto Arquitetura, is situated in a rich neighbourhood in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Its construction has been finished in 2010. The house is developed in an “L” shape, divided in 2 blocks, the smallest one housing only leisure activities, and support for outside activities, (swimming pool’s showers, barbecue, SPA, gymnastics).
On the entrance, a small patio leads the guest to the monumental 2 storeys high door. A social hall links visually and spatially both ground and first floor and impossible to miss the back garden. The architect’s main idea was to take full advantage of Rio de Janeiro’s warm climate that allows you to enjoy all year round the exterior environment. The ground floor is completely opened to the back garden mixing social areas with leisure, outside and inside, in a single environment.
The interior plan of the main house is organized into 2 floors and an underground. On the ground floor, on the right side, living room, home theatre, office (from social to more private areas – from back to entrance). On the left side, the same idea: dining room, kitchen, laundry and employees area.
On the first floor, it is located the bedrooms and a small TV room. The main axis constituted by the entrance hall divides the four children’s suites from the master suite. Finally, in the underground area, the garage, technical areas (electrical, etc), storage and cellar. The materials used on the exterior: wood (exterior wall and main door), stone on the floor and white paint for the walls. In the interiors, ground floor, stone on the floor (the same as outside) on the social areas and ceramics on the service areas. White paint on the walls and creme on the service areas.
On the 1st floor, wood on the floor, white paint for the walls and ceiling and stone in the bathrooms. For the garage, cemented floor, and ceramics on the walls (stone and white paint only in the cellar). The white tiled roof was a client’s exigency and the option for large eaves is a comfort choice, once that both rain and sun are very strong in this part of the globe. The idea of using a garden roof on the smaller block has mainly to do with aesthetical, because of the views from the bedrooms