Casa Terra by Bernardes Arquitetura
Studio Bernardes Arquitetura has designed the Casa Terra – a luxurious contemporary residence in Rio de Janeiro’s Itaipava region. The home’s terra cotta exterior has a double function. It stands out from the lush, green landscape as well as blends in with the reddish hues of the environment that surrounds it at the same time.
Boasting its enormous area of 10,763 square feet, this weekend home has five bedrooms, a media room, a gym, a wine cellar and a swimming pool to offer. On top of that, the individual rooms of this single story residence are designed as autonomous units where each has views of the main yard.
Casa Terra arises from the intercalation of parallel walls made of pigmented concrete that are perpendicular to its central circulation axis. The articulation between these components generates spaces while defining residential functions and creating patios that open to the main garden.
The closure between the vertical (walls) and horizontal (slabs and floor) planes is made with large glass panels that dilute the visual boundaries between the house and the landscape.
The route along the central circulation reveals a succession of openings and closures while offering constant visual contact with the exterior.