studio arthur casas: the baleia houses
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nov 16, 2012
studio arthur casas: the baleia houses

‘the baleia houses’ by studio arthur casas, baleia, brazil
all images © iñigo bujedo aguirre


located in the northern coast of são paulo between a large rainforest reserve that shelters the mountains of serra do mar is the beach of baleia where
brazilian firm studio arthur casas have developed ‘the baleia houses’. the four dwellings contain the same narrow plan which are positioned
diagonally on a small plot of land, mimicking the topography of the site. by using the wall of the neighboring residence, intimate spaces
are created for the adjacent structure providing view of the encompassing landscape while maintaining levels of privacy for the inhabitants.


a central patio transforms into an interior garden constructed out of two volumes connected by a corridor to the patio.
the ground floor is made up of paths which reveals the landscape leading towards the beach. the service areas, such as the kitchen and dining room
are located in the first block which feature low ceilings revealing the double height living area with a glass sliding door to continue the interior 
out to the exterior terrace.  a swimming pool with jacuzzi, sauna are located in front of the outdoor cooking area where the cantilevered master bedroom
provides shelter to the entertaining zone.


open spaces blur the boundaries between outdoor and indoor areas
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre


a glass wall separates the stairs which allows natural light to flood the house through an upper slit. the second floor is finished in wood to contrast
the stone on the ground level. the guest rooms are located on the the shared wall – with the view of the neighbors’ homes - 
which transforms into a vertical garden. the corridor that connect the two volumes have louvers on both sides providing ventilation to the house.
a solarium is placed above the master en suite to capture views of the sea and the mountains behind the dwelling .


living room
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre



image © iñigo bujedo aguirre



swimming pool
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre



double height living space
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre 



image © iñigo bujedo aguirre



dining room

image © iñigo bujedo aguirre



master bedroom
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre



roof top garden
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre



view of the oceanfront

image © iñigo bujedo aguirre




site plan

image © studio arthur casas



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image © studio arthur casas

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