To create a home that blends into the natural beauty surrounding it is a challenge in itself. But to build a home that actually incorporates nature – not just in its colors and textures, but it its actual plants – is truly a feat.
Casa Vogue is a residential project designed by the architect Alessandro Sartore to integrate into the natural landscape of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the plants allowed to pass through the structure and thus bring more texture into the living areas.
The house was created for dentist and art collector Rodrigo Quadrado, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When first discussing the undertaking with his architect, he specified that he did not want a house “that had a showroom face.” Despite a thorough appreciation of design and a desire for a beautiful space for his family, he wanted to the warmth and personality of a family home before the splendor of a magazine cover.
The tree in the middle of the living room is a large mango called Bethany and it passes through a hole in the floor slab with a diameter of three meters. The tree was the inspirational element that determined the entire layout of the house with its shading and ventilation.
In order to accommodate Bethany as well as another tree in the garage, the architects decided to forgo air conditioning. In the heat of a Brazilian summer, this was certainly a bold choice. However, the shade from Bethany as well as the glass walls manage to keep the house cool and comfortable even in the hottest weather.
The results are a house that is certainly modern in its design, but also unique and deeply personal. Covet Lounge will take you on a journey inside the Design world! Please don’t forget to subscribe and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.