The OZ House is a small and lovely summer retreat located on the outskirts of Sao Roque in Brazil. The site is flat and didn’t present any particular challenges in this regard which allowed the architects to focus on the needs of their clients. This was a project completed in 2013 and developed by studio Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados.
The general idea was to create a small house which could be used for short stays during the summertime. As such, the architects envisioned it as a sort of enclosed pavilion, a structure which remains open to the views of the landscape but also offer its inhabitants privacy and comfort.
The house was constructed out of exposed concrete and wood, with metal tiles for the roof and the facade cladding. Polystyrene filling was also used in order to offer proper thermal protection and to ensure that the interior stays cool and comfortable during the hot summer days.
The northern side of the house is closed off with polycarbonate panels to block the sun for the same reason. As far as the overall shape and the interior of the house are concerned, the areas inside are arranged in a linear layout.
The interior is comprised of two bedrooms and a living area with an integrated kitchen which is enough for short stays. The modest size and the simplicity of the design allow this to be a low-maintenance retreat.