made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil

AzulPitanga constructs VV House using natural local materials

 

Nestled among coconut trees at the foot of Chapada Nacional do Araripe in Barbalha, Ceará, Brazil, VV House harmonizes with its natural surroundings through thoughtful design and material selection. Designed by AzulPitanga, the house utilizes local materials such as Barbalha stone and rammed earth to blend into the landscape.

 

The house is divided into four distinct structures connected by external pathways that guide residents and visitors both physically and visually. The layout includes a social block, the couple’s suite, a guest suite, and an open space for storing a vintage Beetle car. The social block features a gathering room, kitchen, storage room, toilet, and a gazebo that offers panoramic views of the landscape.

 

Instead of imposing a large built volume onto the site, the design fragments the house to preserve existing flows of energy, animals, water, and wind. This approach aims to minimize disruption to the natural environment, allowing the house to camouflage itself within the grand natural landscape of the Araripe National Forest.

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil
all images by © Igor Ribeiro

 

 

Stone and Rammed Earth VV House Integrates with Nature

 

The design team at AzulPitanga employs rammed earth walls for their thermal inertia and ability to regulate interior temperatures. The rooms are oriented to receive sunlight from the east and west, with protective elements such as small balconies and closets shielding them from the harsh western sun. Bathrooms feature large windows that open to the landscape, reinforcing the residents’ desire to bathe in nature. Natural stone flooring in the bathrooms enhances this experience.

 

The social block is defined by two parallel Barbalha stone walls and a large rectangular slab roof supported by four recessed pillars. The east and west facades incorporate a half-timbering technique using massaranduba wood bars sealed with reinforced mortar, fixed glass, or wooden shutters. The design includes large sliding shutter doors and an external stone wall staircase leading to a rooftop viewpoint.

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil
VV House by AzulPitanga nestles among coconut trees at the foot of Chapada Nacional do Araripe in Barbalha

 

 

AzulPitanga’s VV House Balances Tradition and Modernity

 

The project preserves a water line that crosses the land during rainy periods, maintaining the flow of water to the Arajara River. The circulation axis of the house follows the natural topography, integrating ramps and terraces among the trees. This design ensures that the house is born from its surroundings, respecting and maintaining the pre-existing natural flows.

 

The design reflects the clients’ philosophy of living in harmony with natural energies, as evidenced by their everyday practices. The house, with its minimalist architecture and Mediterranean identity, responds to the environment, embodying a delicate balance between tradition and modernity. VV House by AzulPitanga exemplifies a sensitive and sustainable approach to architecture, integrating seamlessly with its environment while providing functional and aesthetic living spaces.

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil
VV House utilizes local materials such as Barbalha stone and rammed earth

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil
the house is divided into four distinct structures connected by external pathways

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil
the design fragments the house to preserve existing flows of energy, animals, water, and wind

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil
AzulPitanga’s design allows the house to camouflage itself within the natural landscape of the forest

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil
rammed earth walls provide thermal inertia, regulating interior temperatures effectively

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the layout includes a social block, the couple’s suite, a guest suite, and an open space for storing a vintage Beetle car

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil
the social block offers panoramic views of the landscape

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VV House’s layout integrates ramps and terraces among the trees

made of rammed earth, azulpitanga's vv house fuses with araripe national forest in brazil
facades incorporate massaranduba wood bars, reinforced mortar, fixed glass, or wooden shutters

 

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the garden between rooms reveals the mortar bathroom reinforced with triangular geometry
the garden between rooms reveals the mortar bathroom reinforced with triangular geometry
the large sliding doors connect the interior space with the surrounding nature
the large sliding doors connect the interior space with the surrounding nature
the structural stone wall and wooden shutters create a welcoming interior environment
the structural stone wall and wooden shutters create a welcoming interior environment
light filters through the Venetian blinds of the social block creating a relaxing dining space
light filters through the Venetian blinds of the social block creating a relaxing dining space
the bedroom is made of rammed earth featuring a mezzanine, closet, and bathroom
the bedroom is made of rammed earth featuring a mezzanine, closet, and bathroom
drawing of the VV House / Casa VV | image by © AzulPitanga
drawing of the VV House / Casa VV | image by © AzulPitanga

project info:

 

name: VV House / Casa VV
lead designers: André Moraes, Carolina Mapurunga

architect: AzulPitanga | @azul.pitanga

collaboration: Andressa Gomes, Thomaz Soares

interns: Bianca Garcia, Rute Millene

bioconstruction: João, Francisco, Ciçô

clients: Antônia Valdineide, Vanda Maria

graphical representation: Liverny Chaves

area: 120 sqm

location: Barbalha, Brazil

photography: Igor Ribeiro

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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