The site is located on the hill that surrounds Silveira Beach, south of the city of Garopaba in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
The project demonstrates that, on a challenging site, it is possible to fulfil the focused requirements of a client, while providing a clear, readable design concept in relation to the landscape. This house turns the difficulty of a steep hill into a strength and central concept: it is an interpretation of a single storey house on a slope. Since the planning constraints allow only single story buildings in the area, we bent the floor to stay as close to the natural slope of the landscape as possible and minimize impact on the site.
The house comprises: a swimming pool, a panoramic terrace overlooking the ocean, an outside patio, 3 bedrooms and an open plan living room. The simple layout of the ground floor with full height sliding glass connecting the pool, the outside patio, the open kitchen and the living room merges all these elements into one space and blurs the line between inside and outside. The lower level contains bedrooms and associated bathrooms and a view into the pool from the internal corridor. The 2 levels are connected on each side of the house to create a continuous loop of movement and energy.
The roof of this sea-facing holiday house is used as a terrace to maximise its utilization and enlarge the view to the ocean. 3 sides of the house are glazed to provide views across the ocean and surrounding hills intensifying the experience of the site’s natural beauty.
ProgramHousingMaterialTimber with White Epoxy Coating, GlassLocationGaropaba, BrazilDate2011 - 2013ClientPrivateArchitectHof Architects, LondonPartner ArchitectArtearquitetura, BrazilStructural EngineerStabile, BrazilServices EngineerProjetos em Energia, BrazilElectrical EngineerRGA Engenharia, BrazilTypeCommissionStatusOn GoingSize350 m2Site2500 m2