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Sapucaí-Mirim House

Sapucaí-Mirim House

Designed in the early 1980s, this country house was completed in 2014, two years after the passing of its author, Architect Paulo Bastos, in 2012. Built in Sapucaí-Mirim, a city located by Serra da Mantiqueira, a mountain range that separates the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais, the residence was inserted in a natural glade into the woods. The location was carefully chosen by Bastos, in absolute respect and harmony with the existing vegetation, abundant in Araucárias, large trees indigenous to this mountainous region.

The request of the owner (a former student of Bastos who ended up pursuing another professional path) was simple: a four-bedroom vacation home with an indoor pool. The architect organized the program in three ground blocks: pavilion of guests and garage, next to the access; social and convivial block, associated to the pool pavilion; and the dormitories block, containing three suites. These blocks are articulated by transparent/opaque circulations, in a concept that spreads the constructions throughout the terrain, trying to take advantage, as much as possible, of the exuberant landscape of the surroundings, especially in the living areas.

The project seeks to explore the very expression of the (few) materials used: clay bricks, wood (pillars of Aroeira, in its natural trunk form), concrete, steel and glass.




Sapucaí-Mirim House

  • Sapucaí-Mirim
  • Brazil
Completion: 2014
Used materials
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Concrete
  • Brick

Type of Building

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