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this residential project by brazilian architecture practice aleph zero comprises three independent dwellings, each with a distinctive window arrangement. located in a suburban neighborhood of northern curitiba, brazil, the trio of ‘cubic houses’ forms a single, linearly-organized compact block that doesn’t occupy the total frontage of the lot. as well as providing pedestrian access, this configuration allows the neighboring forest to be preserved.

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all images by felipe gomes

 

 

aleph zero has punctured the development’s white walls with brightly colored window frames, in red, orange, and yellow. while the fenestration is repeated across each of the three buildings, the colors change, lending each house an individual character. the colorful frames not only function as a constructive element that contributes to strengthen the walls, but also present specified views of the surrounding areas, while filtering light entering the building.

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the design comprises three independent dwellings

 

 

internally, the three storey residences each share the same floor plans. organized around a small fireplace, primary living accommodation is provided at ground level, with either two or three bedrooms found at the level above. the scheme’s white walls continue inside the homes, with pale timber flooring extending throughout.

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a distinctive window arrangement has been employed

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brightly colored window frames, in red, orange, and yellow

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the trio of cubic houses forms a single, linearly organized compact block

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ground floor living accommodation is organized around a small fireplace

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apertures provide carefully chosen external views

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the colorful frames filter daylight entering the building

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the project’s configuration allows the neighboring forest to be preserved as much as possible

 

 

project info:

 

location: curitiba, brazil
area: 1,678.56 sqm
authors: gustavo utrabo, pedro duschenes, juliano monteiro
collaborators: lucas issey kodama, arq. ernesto bueno, mariana bittencourt
photography: felipe gomes
client: casalinea

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