situated to overlook the valleys of paraná state in brazil, michel macedo arquitetos has designed the ‘JK house‘ to blend into the landscape. utilizing concrete as the main structural material, the project is based on the idea of inserting a stone into the natural topography, forming the perfect balance between nature and a man-made intervention.
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embedded into the land, the structure of JK house by michel macedo is surrounded by a concrete wall that wraps around the boundary of the plot, affording the residence a sense of privacy. upon entering, users gain a better vantage of the building, which is characterized by two horizontal concrete plains. these elements function to define the floor levels while also making the house appear as a sculptural piece that unites structure and architecture.
on the ground level, an open-plan space covers most of the area, which includes living, kitchen and dining. connected to the outdoor pool by large, openable, glazed partitions, the indoor area flows seamlessly into the external landscape. this design element also allows the house to enjoy an abundance of daylight and a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding nature.
on the upper level, the design becomes more private as it contains the intimate bedroom spaces. orientated to face the east, these rooms gain views over the valley and the rising sun in the morning. in addition to designing for the differing functions, the spatiality is also delimited by the position of the structural elements, such as the two walls parallel to the façade that guide views to the exterior landscape.
offering relief from the sun, the large concrete slabs create a cantilevered overhang over the house. in addition to providing shading, this element also acts to extend the architecture in the topography, furthering the concept of creating a home that fuses with the natural landscape.
project name: ‘JK house’ (casa JK)
architect: michel macedo arquitetos
location: pato branco, paraná, brazil
photography: eduardo macarios
edited by: lynne myers | designboom
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