Architect’s Statement: The Villa NAKATA’s design was based on bioclimatic and low maintenance costs concepts, as well as in fitting the client’s family needs.
Given the plot dimensions (17×40 meters) and the desire of having green area available on the ground floor, as well as sunpath studies, led the choice of positioning the house onthe longer side of the plot. This occupation also gave the client more permeable areas for gardening.
The ground floor holds the social activities, as well as leasure, cooking and services. On the second floor were located the bedrooms and intimate spaces of the house.
The architectural composition has on its frontal façade a great vertical volume composed by terracota ceramic hollow elements, that embraces the house’s staircase. The tower behaves as some kind of visual mark, and its translucent cladding allows light and shadow effects, as well as it helps giving the inhabitants some privacy.
Both floors area separeted by a huge fair-faced concrete slab that covers all the extensio of the ground floor ; at the same time, it helps divide the social and intimate functions of the floors, being the connection among the parts.
The volumetry of the second floor is constituted by many independent volumes, each of them representing one bedroom. The groundfloor instead, behaves as an unique volume, as an opened space connecting interior and exterior – a veranda house.
Location: Brasília, Brazil
Type: Residential – Houses
Architects: Atria Architects
Photographs: Edgard César