Itaipava, Brazil – Bernardes Arquitetura

Built Area:     1000.0 m2
Year Built:     2015
Photographs:     Leonardo Finotti

Casa Terra is a luxurious modern residence located in the prosperous area of Rio de Janeiro. It’s a weekend home for a family of four. The structure was built on top of a hill, providing its residents with the best views of the scenery.

Casa Terra's pigmented concrete walls blend with the surrounding landscape.
Casa Terra’s pigmented concrete walls blend with the surrounding landscape.

The house features pigmented concrete walls. Its terra cotta façade allows the house to stand out from the greenery that surrounds it. Additionally, its reddish hue blends well with earthy-colors of the landscape.

With its large area, the house has five bedrooms, a wine cellar, gym, media room, and infinity pool. The bedrooms are separate from the social spaces, connected to the main house by a narrow hallway.

Despite the extravagance, Casa Terra still exudes the warmth and comfort of home.
Despite the extravagance, Casa Terra still exudes the warmth and comfort of home.

The living areas and the landscaped garden enjoy the best views. With large windows and sliding glass all throughout, there’s abundant natural light in the home. Casa Terra is lavish, yes, but despite its extravagance, it still exudes the warmth and comfort of home.

Notes from the Architect:

Casa Terra arises from the intercalation of parallel walls made of pigmented concrete that are perpendicular to its central circulation axis. The articulation between these components generates spaces while defining residential functions and creating patios that open to the main garden.

The closure between the vertical (walls) and horizontal (slabs and floor) planes is made with large glass panels that dilute the visual boundaries between the house and the landscape.

The route along the central circulation reveals a succession of openings and closures while offering constant visual contact with the exterior.

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