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Lagoa dos Ingleses Residence | GPA&A
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Lagoa dos Ingleses Residence

This project, located in Nova Lima, surroundings of Belo Horizonte, MG, deals with architectural resources, promoting them to art. It is as if their matter has been lightened with feelings and a particular interpretation.

The surprising, charming structure was developed by architect Gustavo Penna and his office, also constituted by Laura Penna, Norberto Bambozzi, Letícia Carneiro, Juliana Couri and Laura Caram.

In more than one aspect, inspiration came from the scenery around the structure. The materials and concepts used are based on observations regarding the climate, the geography and the parts we thought the final result should play.

Observing the steepness of the terrain, which was used to give better privacy to the occupants, the garage and guest house were established on the lower floor.

Another central ally in keeping the internal areas away from unwanted watchers is the walkway that connects the structure to the front, where lamps can be found embedded in the wall – an interesting detail in the lighting design project of architect Alessandra Mourão.

The main column is set up around the inclusion of the lights in a game of hide-and-seek with the water fountains, something that was planned into the construction since the first draft.

The inconspicuous white and yellow flourescent lights, by Philips and Ilux, in different resistances, were lined in a way that brings forward the second floor.

The side opposite to the front has completely transparent walls, which is made possible through glasses by Vitrum. This resource provides a privileged view of the lake and the hills around. Another unique characteristic of the house, besides the glass, is in the skylights that capture sunlight variations during the day, thus giving nuances that change the internal environments throughout the day.

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Project name: Lagoa dos Ingleses House
Architecture: Gustavo Penna, Laura Penna, Norberto Bambozzi, Letícia Carneiro, Laura Caram, Juliana Couri, André Magalhães
Management and Planning: Rísia Botrel
Location: Nova Lima – Minas Gerais – Brazil
Year designed: 2004
Year completed: 2008
Projected area: 400m2
Photos: Jomar Bragança, Leonardo Finotti