Tetro Arquitetura, an architectural practice based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has unveiled its latest masterpiece: Açucena House. Nestled amidst the verdant rainforests of Nova Lima, Casa Açucena is a stunning treetop retreat that seamlessly integrates with its natural surroundings. This idiosyncratic dwelling stands elevated above the forest floor, providing an unparalleled connection to nature.
The architects behind Casa Açucena, Carlos Maia, Débora Mendes, and Igor Macedo, meticulously designed the house to harmonize with the sloping terrain and existing foliage. Supported by slender pilotis, the residence elegantly weaves through the trees, respecting and preserving the environment. The strategic placement of rooms and angles optimizes breathtaking views of the forest canopy.
Casa Açucena’s design boasts an open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining area, effectively merging indoor and outdoor spaces. Sliding glass doors lead to a spacious deck, which features a mesmerizing lozenge-shaped pool that appears to float above the treetops. This floating effect is enhanced by the house’s white exterior, contrasting against the black columns and creating an illusionary spectacle.
To further blend the structure with its surroundings, a green roof camouflages Casa Açucena from above, while faceted roof lights illuminate the living spaces below. The architects describe the house as a “white flower in the midst of nature,” with design decisions such as the scattered columns enhancing the organic ambiance.
Casa Açucena not only showcases the skillful craftsmanship of Tetro Arquitetura but also serves as a testament to their commitment to preserving the natural environment. By seamlessly integrating architecture and nature, this treetop haven offers an unparalleled retreat, allowing residents to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the rainforest.
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