Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura

Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura

Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - Stairs, HandrailCasa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - FacadeCasa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - Facade, HandrailCasa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - FenceCasa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - More Images+ 10

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Landscaping: Daniela Infante
  • Design Team: Thiago Bernardes, Camila Tariki, Fabiana Porto, Francisco Abreu, Ilana Daylac, Antonia Bernardes, Thiago Moretti
  • City: Rio de Janeiro
  • Country: Brazil
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Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - Fence, Facade, Column, Handrail
© Leonardo Finotti

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, this house was designed for a young couple with two children. It’s a compact housing volume located in a site surrounded by buildings in a narrow street. The transition between the urban environment to the interior space of a residence is articulated by the frontal façade through a succession of layers that make up a landscape in movement.

Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - Facade, Handrail
© Leonardo Finotti

An extensive program of 450 sqm was distributed in a 12x12m lot along three floors and a rooftop. The steel structure and the waffle slab have allowed a free floor plan and an unobstructed façade without any intermediate structural elements. The main stairs and elevator were located along the side structural wall creating generous internal spaces for the children bedrooms in the ground level, the living room in the first floor and the master bedroom in the second.

Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - Chair
© Leonardo Finotti
Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - Chair, Facade, Windows
© Leonardo Finotti

On the ground level, wood vertical louvers protect the main entrance and the two bedrooms on this floor. On the second and third floors, the spaces shaped by mandatory setbacks are lined with dense vegetation all along the street facade, bringing privacy for the main living room and the master bedroom.

External to the façade garden, horizontal metal blinds provide further privacy and light control. When open, this garden becomes part of the street landscape and creates an interesting dialogue between the interior and exterior of the house.

Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura - Stairs, Handrail
© Leonardo Finotti

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Cite: "Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura" 17 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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