brazilian architect victor ortiz cloaks 'copii spa' with a billowing timber roof

brazilian architect victor ortiz cloaks 'copii spa' with a billowing timber roof

victor ortiz draws from brazil’s rolling sand dunes

 

Victor B. Ortiz, a Brazilian architect based New York, looks to the Dunas do Jalapão to design a Copii Spa surrounded by lush nature. The area can be found in Brazil‘s central state of Tocantins, and is named for the golden natural sand dunes surrounded by dense vegetation. With its otherworldly state park, the region draws travelers from far and wide. Thus, the architect envisions an undulating structure to echo the soft topography of the rolling dunes — all while creating a calming destination retreat hidden amongst the trees.

victor ortiz copii spaimages © Victor B. Ortiz Architecture

 

 

timber architecture inspired by termites

 

Architect Victor Ortiz names his proposed Copii Spa after the indigenous term for ‘termite,’ as the project draws inspiration from these tiny architects of nature. Acting as both ‘mentor and method,’ termites influenced the design, guiding the placement of programmatic elements that mimic their ecosystem. A fluid and continuous rooftop is punctuated by strategically positioned ‘mounts’ of program, thoughtfully scattered across the terrain. These structural mounts take shape as large, curving huts and contribute to a breezy, ventilated atmosphere for the semi-outdoor spaces between.

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hidden within its lush tropical context, copii spa is shaped by the natural topography

 

 

copii spa: an holistic retreat in tropical nature

 

Designing the Copii Spa, Victor B. Ortiz is driven by a commitment to sustainability and efficiency. Locally sourced wood takes center stage as the primary building material. Laminated and computationally programmed, the wooden elements are thoughtfully planned to optimize the assembly process while minimizing material usage. The pervasive use of wood extends beyond the program ‘mounts’ to encompass the main roof structure and its supports, unifying the entire design. This cohesive approach provides visual continuity and reinforces the spa’s holistic spirit.

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the project is named after the indigenous term for termite, ‘Copii’

 

 

Copii Spa unfolds across various levels that intricately follow the natural topography of the site. Each elevation offers a unique and curated experience for visitors, beginning with the indoor spa area that provides a sheltered haven. Moving upwards, the sunbathing area embraces the warmth and light of the tropical sun, while the journey culminates with a swimming pool. This final tier cantilevers over a nearby river and opens onto views of the distant tropical landscape.

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designed to maximize efficiency, the structure employs locally sourced and computationally programmed wood
brazilian architect victor ortiz cloaks 'copii spa' with a billowing timber roof
timber extends its influence from the program ‘mounts’ to the main, unifying roof structure

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the design mimics the termite’s ecosystem, with timber ‘mounts’ providing ventilation, insulation, and strength

brazilian architect victor ortiz cloaks 'copii spa' with a billowing timber roof
Copii Spa unfolds across multiple levels, each designed to provide a unique experience

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visitors’ journey through the spa culminates with a swimming pool beneath the trees

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