Set in the heart of the Atlantic rainforest in Paraty, Brazil, this house owes its name “Arca” to its ship-like shape. Located on the border of the Serra da Bocaina National Park, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, it is the result of the Earthship project, which sought to imitate a specific type of indigenous Brazilian house, that of the Asurini people, and Médio Xingu.
Designed by Atelier Marko Brajovic, it was conceived using a shell, a self-supporting structure that acts as a roof and also as side walls. The ultra-light modules made of carbon steel, aluminum, and zinc were assembled on site in just one week and can be easily dismantled and rebuilt in a new location.
Once this envelope was built, the wooden deck was installed and the interior design was installed. “Once these functional parameters were defined, taking into account environmental inputs, such as wind, sunlight, and views, we defined the orientation and the final interior design,” explains the architectural firm.
This is clad in wooden wall panels, which counterbalance the metal composition of the building. Equipped with two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, “Arca” offers a generous open space that serves as the main communal area. A thatched cottage of a different kind, ideal for reconnecting with life.
Paraty – Brazil