When they first started work on this project, studio Beatriz Empinotti Arquitetura was given total freedom by their clients. They were asked to design a house that makes the best use of the terrain. The clients’ only requirements were privacy from the street view and a large back garden. The architects completed the project in 2018 and the result was this amazing 280 square foot house located in Curitiba, Brazil.
Let’s see how it all turned out. At first sight, the house has a contemporary and sculptural vibe. It’s structured into two main volumes which are overlapping and have contrasting designs. One is the ground floor area which is clad in natural stone and the other is the upper floor which is cast in concrete.
A stone pathway runs through the front yard and leads to the front door which is skillfully camouflaged in the timber slat wall. The only thing that gives away its placement is the door handle. This wooden wall section is framed by stone-clad walls on either side. The concrete volume on top cantilevers to the left, creating a covered area with a walkway running through it. Inside, the layout is designed to reflect the owners’ lifestyle and is thus focused around the social areas. There’s a laid-back, relaxed ambiance throughout the entire house. The living room, kitchen, dining area and home theater room are clustered together on one side of the ground floor with the guest room and service area positioned separately and with independent access to the garden. The color palette used inside the house is quite unexpected, including primary colors combined with concrete, stone and black and white accents.