BRAZIL – NOVA LIMA
The architecture studio Tetro, founded by Carlos Maia, Débora Mendes, and Igor Macedo, explores new design approaches in harmony with local ecosystems. This modernist 500 m2 house, located in Nova Lima in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, aims to be a response to a sensitive interpretation of the steep slope location, immersed in the lush nature of the Atlantic rainforest.
“Casa Açucena is like a white flower in the midst of nature,” the architects poetically describe. Indeed, it seems to blossom and float in the environment teeming with birds and wild animals. Perched on stilts, this concrete and glass residence rises fifteen metres above the ground, engaging with the canopy of trees in a downward perspective, while animal and plant life continue to thrive below. The opaline architecture, composed of various geometric volumes, occupies the empty spaces between the trees, where randomly placed black pillars merge with the trunks.
Tetro skilfully plays with natural materials, such as the terrace floor, the water mirrors of the pool, and the numerous windows that reflect the vegetation, offering an endless view of Brazilian nature