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Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Brazil Architecture News - Sep 01, 2021 - 10:07   1416 views

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Brazilian architecture practice Atelier Marko Brajovic has designed a triangular tree cabin between mango trees in the lush forest of Brazil. Named Bow House, the 30-square-metre structure sets, raised on wooden stilts, creates its own structural system that carries the cabin.

The cabin has a very precise geometry that uses triangle and tetrahedron inspired by Buckminster Fuller's vision, in which he widely explored the tetrahedron system as "the minimum system of the Universe, and it turned out to be, then, Omni-triangulated, and as the studio explained, "we found that structures are always triangulated."

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Placed on a triangular base, the tiny cabin includes a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The cabin is placed to catch views overlooking the lush forest. 

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

"Ordered structures occur from the intrinsic nature of the constituent particles to form symmetric patterns that repeat along with the principal directions of three-dimensional space in matter," said Atelier Marko Brajovic. 

"Triangles and triangulation are the essences of the natural special organization of forces in dynamic equilibrium."

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

"The tetrahedron (a pyramid shape with four sides, including the base), is the most stable and space-filling structure, in fact, nature's basic simplest structural system."

"A structure meant triangle and triangle meant structure, there were no other stable polygons. Therefore, the tetrahedron turned out to be the minimum structural system of the Universe," added the studio.

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Bow House or Casa Proa in Portuguese is derived from a creative process inspired by triangular modulations on different scales and a treehouse typology. 

Drawn with 6x6x6 meters of equilateral triangular volume, the volume was installed at Praia do Rosa beach in Paraty, Brazil, located between a Mango tree, the traditional colonial house, and a major rock, on steep waterfront terrain. 

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Thanks to its triangular geometry on the floor plan and section, as well on the tetrahedron roof system, the cabin promotes both structural and perceptive strategy. 

Conceived as a compact living space modulated in further sub-triangles, the cabin creates a visual pattern as much in the space and finishings.

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

The studio placed the main sleeping room in the center, there is a kitchen behind the bedroom and on side triangles there is the entrance and opposite a bathroom. 

In front of the cabin there is a terrace opening as a bow to the sea and generous 1-metre wide branches are wrapping the two sides of the house.

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Since the geometry of the cabin is well-defined, the furniture was designed specifically for the cabin. For instance, the curtains were made out of local shrimp fishing nets and wall lamps developed from traditional bronze boat drains. 

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

The house was built on extended pillars that look like a “branching system”, the cabin visually behaves like a tree and practically floats on the tropical plants' landscape with access to a private beach.

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Site plan

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Floor plan

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

Isometric

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

3D elevation

Atelier Marko Brajovic's triangular tree cabin focuses on views between mango trees in Brazil

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Project facts

Project name: Bow House

Architects: Atelier Marko Brajovic

Location: Brazil 

Size: 30m2 

Date: 2021

All images © Rafael Medeiros

All drawings © Atelier Marko Brajovic

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