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ARQBR Arquitetura e Urbanismo designs Couri House in Asa Sul, Brasilia

Project name:
Couri House
Architecture firm:
ARQBR Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Asa Sul, Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil
Joana França
Principal architect:
Eder Alencar, André Velloso
Design team:
Maria Clara Gabriele, Marcelo Braga
Luan Torres
Interior design:
Built area:
340 m²
Site area:
713 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
André Torres
Structural engineer:
André Torres
Environmental & MEP:
Mariana Siqueira
Tools used:
Centra Engenharia
Structure and floor in cast-in-place concrete, glass and aluminum frames, movable steel and wood panels
Residential › House

ARQBR Arquitetura e Urbanismo: On this 713 sq.m plot, located in a residential condominium, there is a solitary pequi native tree, legally protected and very representative of the Central Brazilian region of the Cerrado. Adjacent to the lot, a green non-buildable area, still flourishing, promises to become a densely wooded forest, a common green space to the residents of the condominium. The project conciliates this context with the family's desire: to build a small single-story house, with a shaded veranda, obtaining the largest space of green area possible.

The strategy adopted was to design the plan in the shape of a ribbon that develops through the plot, adjusting itself to its perimeter, in order to create voids through which the intended spatial relations could be obtained.

image © Joana França

These voids, converted into living and leisure patios, promote contact with the gardens and the neighboring green area. In this configuration, the patio that opens to the woods also welcomes the native tree. The ‘pequizeiro’ remains there, as a simple reminder of a pre-existing landscape.

A strategically placed central porch simultaneously segregates and integrates the social and intimate sectors of the house, since it becomes necessary to cross it passing from one area to the other. Through it, the two patios are also integrated. The distribution of the spaces and their relationships promote unusual paths through the house, for it is natural to walk through an open space to reach a closed one, such as the one between the living room and the porch, passing through the patio, or from the dining room to the TV room, passing through the porch. In this way, everyday life experiences this relationship of continuity between inside and outside, and through it, contact with nature and the sky.

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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