Location: Paraty, Brazil
Project: October 2001
Conclusion: November 2003
Site area: 990 sqm
Built area: 405 sqm
Architecture: Studio mk27
Architect: Marcio Kogan
Co-architects: Cassia Cavani, Diana Radomysler
Interiors: Diana Radomysler
Project team: Oswaldo Pessano, Samanta Cafardo
Tel: 55 11 30813522
Address: Al Tietê, 505 São Paulo – SP, 01417-020, Brazil
Photographer: Arnaldo Pappalardo
Tel: 55 11 38732634
Landscape design: Marcelo Faisal
Structure Engineer: Gramont Engenharia
General contractor: dp unique
Alberto Du Plessis
Du Plessis House
The house is located in the Laranjeiras Condominium situated 15 Km from the historic city of Paraty/RJ. The basic concept of the project is “double face” architecture, modern on the outside and conventional inside.
Abiding with the norms of the condominium which demand a tiled roof, this solution was able to translate my modernist thinking.
The house is simply a big box faced with stone from Minas Gerais (a state in Brazil), having a central patio where four jaboticaba trees stand out from the swirled-pebbled pavement. Looking at the house from the patio, with its ceramic tiled roof, it becomes conventional.
Four suites and a small – TV room are turned in facing this area using wooden tresslework from one end to another, resulting in a light filter. At night, seen from the patio this wood covering transformed into a luminaire, when the lights of the room are lit.
The main room is turned out facing the back, the beginning of the Atlantic Rain Forest. All of the doors can be withdrawn and the room joins into a bamboo-covered terrace.
An opening in the patio looks out on to the golf course of the condominium.