mf+arquitetos has designed ‘casa das pedras’, or ‘house of the stones’ in the mountains of minas gerais in brazil. the house was integrated into the terrain’s existing topography, creating a design that frames views of the surrounding mountains.

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the design is split into two ‘boxes’: the lower building is designated for the social areas, while the upper structure is designated for bedrooms. the volumes appear as though they have been slid into the terrain, allowing the natural topography to become part of the design.

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wood, brick and stone are the main materials employed in the project

 

 

the buildings are lined with stones, framing the beautiful landscape. mf+arquitetos has employed stone, wood and brick throughout the space to create a subtle architectural intervention. views of the mountains in the distance are visible from all areas of the house. wood screens provide shade and privacy while also creating an evocative and transparent design. 

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the entrance features a bold stone wall

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views of the surrounding mountains are integrated within the design

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the kitchen and social areas open onto an outdoor wooden deck
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the horizontal design creates wide open views

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between the two ‘boxes’ of the house is a grassy hill with a few plants and boulders

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the kitchen and social areas feature wide open views

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the kitchen, dining and living areas can all be closed off from the elements with sliding glass walls

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the home seems to camouflage within the surrounding landscape

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the residence maintains privacy and intimacy

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wooden screens create privacy while maintaining transparency

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the design creates an organic relationship between building and nature

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