nestled in rural brazil, 'casa café' recalls the earthy and aromatic essence of coffee

nestled in rural brazil, 'casa café' recalls the earthy and aromatic essence of coffee

tetro completes ‘casa café’ in the scenic minas gerais 

 

In the tropical Cerrado region of Brazil, within Minas Gerais, a rural painting of red earth and twisted tree trunks defines the landscape, framing and inspiring the design for Tetro’s latest residential project — ‘Casa Café’. Beyond its characteristic nature, the South American territory is also beloved for its coffee and the cultural nuances associated with it. Indeed, this symbolic drink invites long conversations and relaxation — a concept that strongly weaves itself across ‘Casa Café’.

 

The architectural studio writes: ‘The design for this house sought an understanding and connection between the place and the residents, their habits and interests. In this sense, understanding how much coffee is an important drink for future residents. [This] raised the following question: How to create a project that represents in its concepts, subjectively, the characteristics of coffee?

nestled in rural brazil, 'casa café' recalls the earthy and aromatic essence of coffee
‘Casa Café’ by Tetro Arquitetura | all images © Luisa Lage

 

 

earth and air, weight and lightness: the duality of coffee

 

Answering their queries, the architects at Tetro explored two pillars when designing ‘Casa Café’: the quality of coffee informed by the land and climate in which the beans grow, and the aromatic essence of this beloved drink. In this sense, earth and air become the main drivers of the project, where weight (earth) and lightness (air) are in constant dialogue. Representing that contrast is a series of thick and pigmented concrete side walls referring to soil and land, while white and curved roof slabs seemingly floating atop this solid foundation — echoing the swaying of air. ‘They are like two sheets of paper resting on the walls that seem to sprout from the ground,‘ notes Tetro. 

nestled in rural brazil, 'casa café' recalls the earthy and aromatic essence of coffee
evoking earth (side walls) and air (roof slabs)

 

 

a poetic oneness with the rural landscape 

 

The program of ‘Casa Café’ breaks down into two blocks under the curved slabs: the first holds all social functions while the second features the more private and intimate spaces of the dwelling. To circulate from one block to the next, Tetro inserted a corridor between two earthen walls, alluding to a transition between two distinct atmospheres. These walls lead to a view of the outdoor where a pristine-like terrain, peppered with native trees, establishes a new relationships with the built volumes. Completing the immediate landscape is a stepped garden that Tetro developed around the existing foliage.

 

Reflecting on their work, the architects conclude with a few words: ‘The project sought to understand how architecture can, through poetic language, make connections between residents and the house and create symbols that refer to the culture of the place or the people who will inhabit the space.

nestled in rural brazil, 'casa café' recalls the earthy and aromatic essence of coffee
nestled in the rural landscape of Minas Gerais

nestled in rural brazil, 'casa café' recalls the earthy and aromatic essence of coffee
a stepped profile of ‘Casa Café’ by Tetro

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nestled in rural brazil, 'casa café' recalls the earthy and aromatic essence of coffee
the curved white roof slabs seem to float atop the solid and pigmented concrete walls

nestled in rural brazil, 'casa café' recalls the earthy and aromatic essence of coffee
creating spaces where coffee can be enjoyed over long conversations

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nestled in rural brazil, 'casa café' recalls the earthy and aromatic essence of coffee
a corridor in between two earthen walls, leading to a view of the pristine-like terrain

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project info:

 

name: Casa Café 

location: Divinópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil

architecture: Tetro Arquitetura | @tetro.architecture

lead architects: Carlos Maia, Débora Mendes, Igor Macedo

collaborators: Bianca de Castro Carvalho, Bruno Bontempo, Déborah Martins, Diana Oliveira

Giovanna De Giacomo, Gregório Fiorotti, Luisa Lage

construction: Somar Engenharia

structural concrete design: MV Estruturas

electrical + hydraulic installations: Somar Engenharia

landscape design: Nativa Paisagismo

lighting: Iluminar

steel doors: MA Inoxidáveis

curtains: Laiza Decorações

glasses: Cristal Vidros

stones: Directa Pedras

sofa + dining table: Tuoli Móveis

photography: Luisa Lage | @luisaglage

completion year: 2023

total built area: 257 sqm 

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