The Leaf Shaped House built from bamboo, local woods, copper, 20 meter solid beams and one of the largest ports in the world, help make this place a truly unique home. The design was inspired by indigenous Brazilian architecture to use natural ventilation to manage the hot and humid climate.
«The roof acts as a large sheet that protects all the rooms of the house from the sun, as well as the free spaces between them. These free spaces represent the essence of the project, and how could it be otherwise, they are the most interesting spaces and most used by the people who attend the house. In most cases it has a very high roof and allows the dominant southeast wind to come head-on from the sea. It passes through the house, providing all areas of the house, open or closed, with ventilation and passive cooling. Low-tech eco-efficiency.
Leaf Shaped House
We understand the beach house as a means to improve and make more pleasant the interaction of man with nature. Never separate them completely. There are hallways. There is a lot of transparency and integration between the interior and exterior. Here it is interesting to observe the passage of the soil landscaping the house, whether using vegetation such as the pool that crosses the house and becomes a reflecting pool on the back porch.
The entire roof structure was made of laminated eucalyptus wood, which due to its manufacturing process can span large spans (20 meters is the largest in the house) with ease and aesthetic refinement. The roof, due to its complex geometry, is made of small pieces of wood (pine). Eucalyptus and pine species are planted for reforestation. They are used as raw materials considered renewable due to the speed at which they reach the ideal moment to be harvested. All surfaces that finish the house, except glass and patinated copper. They are natural materials: slate oxide slats, natural wood, wooden chandelier pole on the ground floor and bamboo frames.