Inspired by the recent past, contemporary architecture, as opposed to modern production, aims highly for the elapsed time, without losing its major focus: the future. Thus, creates a perspective with wider horizon, refuses to impose itself to the known limits and takes past models to be copied or timidly adapted. Executed by the architects Luciana Araújo and Nathália Otoni, members of Óbvio Arquitetura, the house built in Minas Gerais, Brazil, materializes this whole concept.
In the design of the residence, sober tones predominate, as requested by their owners, a married couple of chemical engineers. To make the house of 287 square meters more welcoming, we opted for the use of wood, fiber and filleted stone. The choices of materials were made in a way that nature was brought into the house.
One of the semi-suites has been transformed into a spacious home office. With the removal of a wall, this space was visually integrated into the living room – which is located on the first floor – becoming an extension of the main entrance. Thus the house was more receptive and casual. The stand, which unites the workbench with an exposure of adornments of the couple, has been designed by the professionals and is one of the highlights of the environment.
On the lower floor, a social area was conceived, with a spacious double height ceiling living room, which connects to all locations of the house. The use of the glass guardrails allowed greater visual permeability and the wood panel, along with soft lighting, left a pleasant and intimate space.
The kitchen, faced to the dining room, is also an option for interaction, with the countertop connecting these spaces. Its furniture moves out of the traditional white, making the place more relevant in the set.
In the gourmet space, the concern was the contact with nature and the creation of a comfortable and informal space, according to the architect Nathália Otoni. “That way, two environments were created: one with the barbecue bench, and another under the pergola. The latter is surrounded by gardens, being a transitional space between the inner and outer areas of the house. This transition takes place also in the sense that the pergola is covered by glasses, allowing the use of this space even on rainy days. The arrangement of the furniture was designed to promote social interaction. Therefore, who is in the pergola comfortable couch is not off the topic of gourmet cuisine neither of outdoor pool area”, she explains.Luciana Araújo and Nathália Otoni
Photographer: Rodrigo Marcandier