vilela florez arranges bamboo in a herringbone pattern for the facade of this brazilian residence

vilela florez arranges bamboo in a herringbone pattern for the facade of this brazilian residence

vilela florez architects completes a tropical residence near a small village in the northeast coast of brazil using wood, bamboo and natural stone. finished within ten months, the design features a simple volume with rooms connected by bridges to an outdoor living area paved in stone, similar to that of traditional portuguese sidewalks.



casa bambu is oriented towards the prevailing winds that cross the pool and gardens to enter the house, providing a constant cooling breeze and refreshing the interior from the strong tropical heat. vilela florez has designed the house for a couple who spends most of the year sailing through the mediterranean. complementary to the natural color and material palette, bedrooms are painted in mediterranean blue, a color reminiscent of the clients’ various boat trips.


besides the large outdoor living area, which is protected by two stone walls and shaded by a wooden roof, the residence includes a kitchen, laundry and three rooms where the couple’s children can stay. the bedrooms are built in structural masonry of concrete blocks creating vertical ribs fit with a herringbone pattern of bamboo stick panels. the bamboo panels shade the façade, helping the thermal behavior of the building.



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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

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