fran silvestre arquitectos stacks two monolithic volumes for house in rio de janeiro

fran silvestre arquitectos stacks two monolithic volumes for house in rio de janeiro

located on a hillside near the itanhangá golf course in rio de janeiro, brazil, fran silvestre arquitectos‘ recently completed house comprises two monolithic volumes that are jointly deposited on the ground. each arranged differently to offer varying views of the surrounding landscape, the two stacked volumes communicate with each other through a central core, located at the point of contact between them. the first volume houses the ground floor with the day area, which rises above the adjacent houses, and, being a passing space, opens towards the area of the pool. located in an inner courtyard created by the second volume, which cantilevers above it, the pool area forms a sort of covered garden for the residence.fran silvestre arquitectos stacks two monolithic volumes for house in rio de janeiroall images courtesy of fran silvestre arquitectos



fran silvestre arquitectos has composed house in rio de janeiro by stacking two almost identical volumes on top of each other and facing toward different directions to offer varying views of the surrounding landscape through floor-to-ceiling windows. each of the two elements rests on a band that supports it, deposited on each other they liberate the corner which facilitates the construction making the minimum possible earth movement and characterizing the building. the point of contact between the two volumes incorporates the communication core, where the main circulation of the house is located.fran silvestre arquitectos stacks two monolithic volumes for house in rio de janeiro



the ground floor of the house encloses the day area with facilities such as the kitchen, and dining and living room, which opens up toward the swimming pool, located in a kind of inner courtyard generated by the cantilevered second volume. on the upper level the studios and rooms enjoy the surrounding landscape of rio de janeiro, while the access corridor opens to the backyard, facilitating cross ventilation. the relationship between this volume and the lower one forms a covered shaded area, desirable in the pool level which in turn allows to define the access to the house. two passing spaces arranged differently, take advantage of the best qualities of its privileged environment.fran silvestre arquitectos stacks two monolithic volumes for house in rio de janeiro fran silvestre arquitectos stacks two monolithic volumes for house in rio de janeiro




project info:



name: house in rio de janeiro

architect: fran silvestre arquitectos

location: rio de janeiro, brazil

project team: fran silvestre (principal in charge), sevak asatrián (principal in charge)

interior design: alfaro hofmann

visualization: omega render

collaborating architect: maría masià, pablo camarasa, estefanía soriano, sandra insa, ricardo candela, vicente picó, rubén march,  jose manuel arnao, rosa juanes, gemma aparicio, paz garcia-españa, ángel pérez, juan fernandez, javi hinojosa, pau ricós, andrea baldo, blanca larraz, carlos lucas, miguel massa, paloma feng, pablo larroulet

collaborating designer: alicia simón

collaborating engineer: jorge puig

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,531 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample