carla juaçaba: rio bonito house, brazil
carla juaçaba: rio bonito house, brazil
mar 27, 2013

carla juaçaba: rio bonito house, brazil

‘house in rio bonito’ by carla juaçaba, rio de janeiro, brazilimage © nelson kon




carla juaçaba‘s design for a weekend home in mountainous eastern region of rio de janeiro uses the load bearing properties of meter-thick stone walls to suspend the roof and floor joists. four steel beams puncture walls so as to allow a sliver of glazing to wash the interior of the stone walls with diffused light. the visual weight of the rustic stone counters the lightness of the horizontal planes, creating an effect that mirrors the nearby river where diaphanous space confronts stalwart earth. the home explores the architectonics of encounter; water and fire, weight and lightness, archaic and industrial, and solid versus void.


the brazilian architect was awarded the 2013 ‘arcVision prize for women in architecture‘ for her ‘pavilion humanidade 2012‘.

carla juaçaba: rio bonito house, brazil‘house in rio bonito’ by carla juaçaba, rio de janeiro, brazilimage © nelson kon

carla juaçaba: rio bonito house, brazil‘rio bonito house’ by carla juaçaba, rio de janeiro, brazilimage © nelson kon


  • Beautiful in it’s simplicity. Lovely design.
    -Al Luqta, Doha

    Farsheed Sidiki says:
  • exquisitely primal

    but I would prefer to not have the door to the toilet/dressing room opposite the entry and instead access it off the bedroom

    dbkii says:
  • Love the roof setback from the side walls. Excellent idea! need for side windows. This would be good for modern homes on postage stamp lots. It is also hard -not to like- heavy stone.


    jimCan says:
  • so simple and so beautiful……………………….

    renU says:
  • A beautiful toughtful house.
    Why copout with the cheap chimenies?
    Perhaps continue with the stone on a smaller scale.

    20r says:
  • Left by the Mayans. Wait, I didn’t know they were ever in Brazil? I love it.

    Dave says:

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