Architects: Mayresse Architecture
Area: 300 m²
Photographs: Cristiano Carniel
Manufacturers: Andrea Feine, Bertol, Coccina, Donadello Marbles and Granites, Ebaiana, Frannpak, Ladrilhart POA, Lucendi, Sierra Móveis – do not contact as the table is the customer’s old one, Tieppo Heating, Treviso, Uultis
Lead Architects: Cadu Mayresse, Cláudio Mendonça, Juliano Spader
Engineering: Videl Engenharia
On top of a hill in Gramado, in Serra Gaúcha, a house made of exposed concrete and natural wood emerges amidst the araucaria treetops. It is Casa Terras Altas, signed by the Rio Grande do Sul office Mayresse Arquitetura, located in the city. The lot with a steep slope was carefully indicated by the Founding Architect of the office, Cadu Mayresse, following the characteristics that the client was looking for: eternal view of nature, security and privacy to build a summer house.
In this exposed concrete house in Gramado, two mismatched volumes shape the structure of the residence with a brutalist aspect. A totally private facade of exposed concrete and wooden slats, guarantee the privacy of the heart of the residence: the social area open to a sea of green formed by the treetops that make up an APP right in front. In this environment, living and dining rooms are integrated with the gourmet, allowing most of the time that the residents are in the house, they are bathed in the visual of nature.
The brutality of the exposed concrete of the house is added to the minimalism of the large glass openings that lateralize the social being of Casa Terras Altas, allowing natural light in abundance and connection with the outside. This first floor also comprises a guest suite, toilet, service area and a deck with an infinity pool: from the water, the APP’s look is unique!
The linear staircase that leads to the intimate area is illuminated by a skylight that follows its movement and highlights the natural wood steps. In the intimate area, three suites connected by a corridor, open onto a balcony with an eternal view of the vast natural garden of the environmental preservation area. Along the corridor, a large closet was created as a wardrobe to support the suites.
All the most used rooms at Casa Terras Altas were positioned to enjoy the view and the sunset. On the front facade, below the cantilever that shapes the upper volume, is the garage, which will remain open to also be used as a balcony.