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Forest shaped pilotis gives a warm welcome to this house designed to host yoga classes

Project name:
Ananda House
Architecture firm:
Stemmer Rodrigues Arquitetura
Eldorado do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Lucas Franck/NMLSS
Principal architect:
Paulo Henrique Rodrigues, Roberto Stemmer, Ingrid Stemmer
Design team:
Interior design:
Built area:
350 m²
Site area:
600 m²
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Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
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Tools used:
Concrete, Glass, Wood, Steel
Residential › House

Ananda is the name set by Stemmer Rodrigues Arquitetura for its new house project in Eldorado do Sul (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). Ananda means supreme bliss, a common term widely used in Hinduism. The choice directly refers to the owner’s wish of transforming her house into a bright space to live in and to receive students for yoga and meditation classes. 

In a 600 square meters plot, transparency invites to wonder what is there through the glass facade. "The welcoming happens already at the main entrance, where the supporting pillars mimics natural trunks, while the glass rails configure a shelter dedicated to the practice of meditation and yoga”, explains Ingrid Stemmer, founder and partner of Stemmer Rodrigues.

modern residence  in Brazil

image © Lucas Franck/NMLSS

The house program is divided in two floors, with the social area, the room for yoga classes, and the veranda on the first, and the intimate area with three bedrooms concentrated on the upper floor. On the porch, with a barbecue grill, a marble deck designed to receive friends and family for outdoor gatherings. 

Among materials, glass, concrete, and wood stand out. "The slatted wood covers the facade on the upper floor, in front of the solarium, bringing more comfort to the intimate area and balance to the design," concludes Luciana Medeiros, project coordinator at Stemmer Rodrigues. 

contemporary concrete residence in Brazil

wooden terrace deck and outdoor furniture

pillars and concrete ceiling

concrete path to the house entrance door

curvy concrete ceiling

outdoor furniture

Ananda House by Stemmer Rodrigues Arquitetura

circular void in ceiling

concrete floor platform

outdoor table and chairs

big yoga mat

yoga room with transparent glass window

ground floor plan

first floor plan

architecture section drawing

longitudinal section drawing


By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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