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AUÁ arquitetos' reddish house seeks diversity for changing lifestyles in a human scale
Brazil Architecture News - Jan 21, 2019 - 02:49 7878 views
São Paulo-based architecture firm AUÁ arquitetos has completed a new reddish house that seeks diversity for changing lifestyles in a human scale in Botucatu, a city in the southeastern region of Brazil.
Called Casa Aldeia, the 143,000-square-metre house was designed for a couple to meet sometimes the antagonistic demands of two people living in a single house.
The two-storey house is composed of different volumes that function for different purposes, but differentiated with a striking reddish color facade fragments and concrete parts.
"The couple brought to the design process their concerns and expectations regarding their considerable change, not only a residential one, but also a lifestyle shift," said AUÁ arquitetos.
"The couple’s difficult choice to leave behind their urban lifestyle in exchange for a rural daily life has been fundamental to the definition of the architectural concept that deviated from the archetype of the countryside house to bring small doses of urbanity into the house’s routine."
"This attainment was possible by accessing some of the couple’s affective memories, a Portuguese and a Brazilian who lived for years in Portugal and stablished their roots in the European country," added the firm.
Casa Aldeia gives references to the Portuguese historical villages (aldeias) and even in mainly rural contexts, are able to stable a kind of urban proximity between their buildings, to integrate them with the landscape and to softly adjust uneven terrains and accesses.
By doing this, the house creates small spaces of varied characteristics in a human scale and at the same time punctuates the landscape as a constructed intervention with diversity in its formal unit.
Built with modest budget and dimensions, visual and circulation permeability have been determinant for the spaces’ quality, but instead of being completely open to the impressive landscape of the Botucatu’s cuesta, all doors and windows were carefully dimensioned and positioned.
"The intention was to allow, in one hand, the sunlight control and, on the other, daily and punctual discoveries of the outer space by framing the landscape, encouraging people to fully enjoy the external areas like the central patio, the dry garden of pebbles and the wooden deck," explained the architects.
The architects detailed their conversations before built this house like: "We have asked the couple that inhabits the Aldeia House to write about their experience and discoveries: from the project to the construction and, finally, to everyday life. The text goes below.
‘It started like this:"
"What do we want? We want a view, we want fresh air, we want a backyard, we want plenty of space for the dogs and to read our newspaper in the sunlight."
The couple added: "We have been architecting for a few months... A couple is made up of two individuals. Each of us dreamed a house. Dreams inevitably conflicted. But, little by little, we found our common rooms. Our house has gained a name, Aldeia House. The name was given by the AUÁ architects and we soon adopted it because that was what we wanted!"
For the construction, "brick by brick in a magic drawing", "they raised a house, where before there was only ground". Time went on and the house grew, literally, physically, concretely. It was a delicate, laborious, dense and very rewarding process.
"But after a few months, we just wanted to finish it... and still, time went on... rain, delays, delivery delays, everyday life delays... And we’ve learned how to wait, how to calm down our expectations, how to postpone the plan that had escaped from our control, and it was fine... "brick by brick in a magic drawing", "they raised a house, where before there was only ground."
"And finally, the time to dwell, to occupy, to sleep in our Aldeia has come! It's interesting too... everything is ready, it's inhabitable and it took us a few weeks for us to assimilate the new space and for the new space to assimilate us. And this experience and it discoveries are so good. A light that appears there, at that specific time, and we did not know yet."
"Our House Is Our Village, with light, with nature, with a common dream. We thank AUÁ architects and the guys from the construction site that helped us to have "our countryhouse / in the ideal size / where we can plant our friends / our records and books / and nothing else!," explained the couple.
Ground floor plan
Upper floor plan
All images © Vinicius Assencio
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