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BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

Brazil Architecture News - Aug 08, 2023 - 12:54   1668 views

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

Brazilian architecture practice BLOCO Arquitetos has created a second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brasília, Brazil

Named White Bricks House, the 600-square-metre house takes cues from a white color which is the predominant external color that makes up the character of Brasilia.

The White Bricks House was built by using artisanal touches and details implemented by masons-craftsmen, representing a slow and precise process. 

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

The low-lying house consists of several living and bedrooms with a spacious living area in an L-formed layout overlooking a large green area and a semi-olympic lap pool on south-east side.

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

"Important public buildings in Brasilia have white as the predominant external color, whether in painted surfaces or coverings. It can be said that the color white is, therefore, an important “architectural element” in the Monumental Axis in Brasília," said BLOCO Arquitetos

"Therefore, the decision to paint the house white came from the idea of appropriating this characteristic of the city. The color white also functions as a common “language” that unites the different materials in the building, such as concrete, masonry, metal and solid bricks," the office added.

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

According to the studio, the construction process of the house was not very widespread in Brasília nowadays, because the use of exposed solid bricks was dependent a constructive complexity.

The process required precision and constructive refinement, elements that are very present in the most representative public buildings of Brasilia.

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

The house was built on a residential complex in the Lago Sul region of Brasília, the studio distributed the program around the perimeter of the plot so that all the main rooms of the house could face the central area, with a large green area and a semi-olympic lap pool. 

The architects directed the bedrooms, living rooms, verandas, kitchen and even the garage towards the large garden environment that also functions as a central patio.

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

The architects covered facades with an outer layer of solid white-painted bricks. "Its different degrees of openness are formed by the variable spacing between the bricks," the studio explained.

"The level of visibility through the bricks reflects the different levels of privacy that are desired for each room. The “hollow” spaces between the bricks also allow for natural cross ventilation."

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

The bricks create a second facade resembling a lace-like appearance, the perforated facade also helps to control direct sunlight, natural ventilation, and the desired privacy. 

The studio designed custom-made bricks in an elongated size specifically for this house.

"The spaced bricks reinterpret one of the most relevant architectural elements in Brasilia, the “cobogó” (breezeblock), that is so important for ventilation and natural lighting in Brazilian architecture," the studio added.

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

Ground floor plan

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

Roof floor plan

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

Sections

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

Elevations

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

Axonometric diagram

BLOCO Arquitetos creates second skin from artisanal white bricks for a house in Brazil

Exploded axonometric diagram 

BLOCO Arquitetos was founded in Brasília by Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho and Matheus Seco. The office designs projects that play with strong solid-void relationships and foster material richness.

Project facts

Project name: White Bricks House

Architects: BLOCO Arquitetos

Authors: Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco

Project Coordination: Victor Machado

Project Architect: Giovanni Cristofaro

Built Surface: 600m2

Project: 2016

Construction: 2021-2023

Structural Project: André Torres

Lighting Design: Dessine

Landscape Design: Fábio Camargo

Contractor: Memória Engenharia

All images © Joana França.

All drawings © BLOCO Arquitetos.

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