Located 220km from São Paulo, it is permanent housing. The owners, of urban origin, run their other farms from here. It is also where they receive friends.
Contrary to the typology of the Brazilian farmhouse, surrounded by large verandahs and ceramic-tiled shed roofs, the language that approximates the urban and the rural was found in the use of plain concrete and flat roof.
Accompanying the smooth slope of the terrain and parallel to the contour lines, it opens to the magnificent view of the São Paulo plateau.
The house develops along an east-west axis and around an “atrium”, which in antiquity was the space of transition between the public and the private. Here he mediates between interior and exterior, between social activities, farm management personnel and the family and its guests, and articulates their specialized spaces. In addition it is the “heart” of quality control of environmental comfort according to the principles of bio-architecture.
At 1,100m altitude, the temperature varies from 5ºC to 35ºC. In winter, the “greenhouse effect” caused by four large skylights in the atrium and “thermal walls” in each sleeping room, guarantee the natural comfort using natural method. The shading of the skylights and the water channel that crosses the atrium, together with the proper ventilation, will alleviate the rigors of summer.
Living Space Prize and XXXI Annual Awards of the Institute of Architects of Brazil – RJ
ABITARE (Italy) – No.356 – Nov.1996
Architecture & Construction (Brazil) – Year 11 – No.5 – 1995
Casa Vogue (Brazil) – Year 19 – No 2 – 1995
A & D (Brazil) – No. 193 – 1996
Book: Casa de Fazenda – Editora Abril (Brazil) – 1997
Construction – CENPLA – Osmar Penteado de Souza e Silva (1928-2008)
Structure – Armando Stefano A. Colotto
Landscaping – Shishido Takahashi
Photos – Celso Brando and Sônia Fonseca
Image Editing and Recovery – Mário Esteves