DESCRIPTION: The architecture of North-East Brazil is defined by a rich modernist history, led by architects Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa. The fusion of universal space with vernacular precedents create an inspired and authentic response for an American Architecture firm to design a project in this rich context. The client is a nationally ranked kite surfer and captain of supertanker as a harbor pilot.
This project contains five bedrooms for the clients growing family and a large pavilion of kitchen, dining, living space that flows to the exterior living space. The concept for the house frames the ocean views by floating the private spaces above the public zones. Large cantilevers allow for shading from the harsh sun. To resist earthquake forces and allow easy local fabrication, the house utilizes reinforced concrete structure. Three inch thick white glass floors allows the interior of the house to flow out, across the infinity edge pools to the ocean surface below. Above, looking east to the sunset and perched in a nest like space, is the master suite. This space evokes the captain's station in the client's supertanker the he pilots. The space hovers above the site and ethereally connects with the horizon line.
Concrete frame, white glass floors (locally sourced), black pumice stone, local mesquite wood cabinets and screens, exterior corten steel/porcelain skin, pilkington high performance glazing, and solar panel/ natural heating and cooling.