The concept of the Amendoeiras Residence started with the need of integration and dialogue with the natural surroundings, be it through the massively settled volumes or through integration that spreads within, in the form of transparencies, spatial and visual continuities.
There isn’t a rational system with a formal, constructive coherence; however, ambiguities of basically two species become clear and intertwined.
Two pavillions cross each other orthogonally, producing a space (of living) of an almost-shadow that opens wide and lets the landscape come through. Here, transparency shows in full and, through the openings and the continuity of the floors, the distinctions between the inside and the outside are cleared.
In the other volumes, a more solid attitude is emphasized. The openings become windows and, instead of transparencies, there are more taken spaces than empty ones.
These are ambiguities reaffirmed by the choice of a repertoire of varied architectural images and fragments – a synthesis of a plastic composition of eclectic nature, yet formed with rigorousness and geometric controls that guarantee a sense of unity to the edification.
Project name: Amendoeiras House
Architecture: Gustavo Penna, Alexandre Bragança, Délio Brandão Cardoso, Norberto Bambozzi
Location: Lagoa Santa – Minas Gerais – Brazil
Year designed: 1993
Year completed: 1993
Projected area: 600m2
Photos: Gil Prates