Beautiful vacation home in Brazil is crafted from upcycled stone and salvaged bricks

May 15, 2019 by  
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Designed by Curitiba-based firm  Solo Arquitetos , the Lake House sits overlooking the expansive wetlands of the Paranapanema River in southern Brazil. Designed to blend into its natural setting, the family vacation home was mainly constructed out of upcycled materials such as broken stones found on-site and reclaimed bricks salvaged from an old factory. Located in Alvorada do Sul, in southern Brazil, the Lake House sits on a beautiful, natural lot with river vistas. According to the architects, the rustic-but-sophisticated home design was heavily inspired by the family’s desire to create a strong relationship between the built and natural environments. Related: These enchanting, off-grid cabins are handcrafted from salvaged materials Using the landscape as a guide, the architects created a Belvedere-inspired design that would provide stunning views of the adjacent river and heavily wooded forest. The 2,690-square-foot house is broken up into two rectangular blocks: one for social spaces and the other for private areas. The two structures were purposely misaligned and clad in distinct but complementary materials to create a clear division of space and to give the home a sense of movement. The exterior is clad in a blend of reclaimed materials. Each volume sits on a base of raw concrete. Clay-colored stones sourced on-site were used to create the private areas while brick salvaged from an old factory belonging to the family was used to clad the main living spaces. Standing solitary on the edge of the landscape is an open-air chapel with a base of natural stone topped with a wooden frame — it serves as an additional spot to truly embrace nature. The home’s three bedrooms are located in the stone building, which is marked with a large pitched roof . The master bedroom boasts “a deserved private belvedere” with an all-glass facade that creates a soothing space with a strong, seamless connection to the natural surroundings. The main living areas are also marked by high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Natural light floods the interior at every corner, enhancing the brick walls and wooden ceilings. From the living room, large sliding doors open up to an outdoor pool and sprawling back garden. An elevated wooden deck provides space for dining al fresco or taking in the amazing views of the river to one side and a dense forestscape to the other. + Solo Arquitetos Via Archdaily Photography by Eduardo Macarios via Solo Arquitetos

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Affordable shipping container village can pop up almost anywhere in the world

February 10, 2016 by  
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Cute Micro House Made from Recycled Tin Cans and Trader Joe’s Shopping Bags Pops Up in Portland

December 23, 2013 by  
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Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

July 31, 2013 by  
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New York’s So-Called Greenest Skyscraper Actually Found to Be an Energy Hog

July 31, 2013 by  
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It looks like all that glitters is not LEED Gold (or LEED Platinum in the case of 1 Bryant Park ). The NYC skyscraper has been called the greenest in the city but according to a report by The New Republic , the building actually consumes an enormous amount of power that does not coincide with its eco-friendly rep. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 1 bryant park , Al Gore’s company , bank of america tower , eco design , energy intensive buildings in New York , generation investment management , green design , leed certification , New York’s greenest building , sustainable design , The New Republic , usgbc        

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