Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA

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Campo Azul, Brazil
  • Architects: dl AA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  861 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2022
  • Photographs
  • Lead Architects: Deryck Dantom
  • Structural Project: Marcio Francisco Costa
  • Vídeo: urbansadness
  • City: Campo Azul
  • Country: Brazil
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Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Exterior Photography
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Text description provided by the architects. In the rural north of Minas Gerais, the small town of Campo Azul sheltered for decades a willful couple who raised their family there. In total, they raised 11 children, who generated 21 grandchildren and, until now, 17 great-grandchildren. Big family, from the countryside.

Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Interior Photography, Facade
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The yearning for opportunities made the children, over time, leave the town of approximately three thousand seven hundred inhabitants. Brasília welcomed most of them, motivating the couple to also migrate to the capital.

Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Facade, Handrail
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Plan - Ground floor
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Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Interior Photography, Wood
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What was not left behind were the roots and bonds with Campo Azul. The trips to honor religious festivals, and processions and to see old friends became an annual habit. A tradition matters.

Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Interior Photography, Bedroom
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From there on, the desire to restore a holiday home in the lot next to the old house arose. Among the attributes considered, the low cost of construction and the space to accommodate different activities stand out. As it is a large family, the possibility of squatting with small and relatively dense square footage was imagined, without losing identification with the city and its socio-cultural aspects.

Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Interior Photography, Table
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The house has 80m², conventional techniques and was built with local labor. It is located on a corner lot, facing one of the two squares in the city. It was implanted at the lowest point of the front of the land, taking advantage of the unevenness to address accessibility issues and provide the important external patio, the main spatial articulator between the house and the square. The implantation virtually expands the dimension of the square to the city, while the patio takes advantage of the characteristics and visuals of the square. A switch.

Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Interior Photography, Windows
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The small access porch, from where you can rest while enjoying the view of the square, controls the scale and is responsible for the key point of the transition. It happens gradually from the access to the lot, from the public to the private space.

Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Interior Photography
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This small spatial compression consequently creates a contrast with the higher ceiling found in the social area, consisting of a living room and kitchen, which are directly related to the back of the lot through six pivoting doors that open to the backyard.

Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Exterior Photography
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The connection with the private area, a single room with ample space, takes place through a small corridor that also gives access to the social bathroom.

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The room dimensions accommodate atypical uses of a conventional house. The suite has enough comfortable space to offer different levels of occupancy. A large window located at the junction of the east elevation with the north elevation adopts a two-way opening system, thus controlling the entry of sunlight without losing the free circulation of cross ventilation. This is complemented by another small opening that frames the view of a big chestnut tree and the square.

Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows
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The strong sun, high temperatures, and the small amount of vegetation in urban spaces make the large tree located in the central square popularly called the “seven of cups”: an important point of momentary rest. For those heading to the house, the pre-existing and restored shack is framed by an opening that has the same dimensions as the windows on the front elevation, revealing through this visual information the intentions proposed in the new house. The constructive characteristics are justified, as well as the definitions of proportions and scale, having no other motivation than to articulate the projected spatial relationships. Design serves space, and space serves human relationships.

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Cite: "Dona Zuzinha's House / dl AA" [Casa de Dona Zuzinha / dl AA] 27 Apr 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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