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Fazenda Mato Dentro by Acayaba + Rosenberg Architects

Fazenda Mato Dentro by Acayaba + Rosenberg Architects

A small wooden house that was built in the 19th century on a stone plateau was restored to house a family. There was, however, and mainly, a need to dominate the place long uninhabited, due to the abundance of vegetation surrounding the plot. Parallel to the house with its thigh tiles in a pyramid-shaped roof, Acayaba + Rosenberg Architects implanted a new volume with a horizontal slab that houses two guest suites.

Ph: Federico Cairoli


Following the tradition, its foundation is also made in stone, whitewashed as in the original house. A dry patio of 8x8m in brick-seen divides and joins the houses, opening up the view towards the framed valley between them.
The long wall – in ancient cobblestone made in the region – accommodates a laundry room and is used to limit the domestic space, while the grass under the patio integrates into the park downstream.

Ph: Federico Cairoli

The bricks on the floors are from artisanal pottery that the architects found in the region. The potters Zé Taubinha and Burrico still use vernacular processes to improve the land, supported by animals and rudimentary tools. They are full of stories and wisdom, learned about the earth and its transformation, about the expression and application of each brick, the dependence on clay, its mixture, molds, and burning processes.

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DATE: 2019 / LOCATION: Catuçaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil / AREA: 150 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: private house / STATUS: built DESIGN: Acayaba + Rosenberg Architects / COLLABORATORS: Helena Pessini / PROJECT MANAGER: Marina Acayaba, Juan Pablo Rosenberg / CLAY BRICKS: Ze Taubinha and Burrico / LANDSCAPE: André Paoliello e Daniela Ruiz / PHOTOS: Federico Cairoli

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