Screens produced from eucalyptus run along the front of this extended and thin prefab residence, which São Paulo firm Studio MK27 has completed on a farm tucked into the rolling hills of Catuçaba, Brazil.

The Catuçaba residence is constructed on a remote web-site situated 1,500 metres above sea level, in an agricultural region midway among Brazilian cities Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Catuçaba by Studio MK27

Elevated above the slope on slender stilts, the slender residence was prefabricated in wood that has received certification from the Forest Stewardship Council – a designation that certifies the lumber was sustainably sourced.

Catuçaba by Studio MK27

“Its Forest Stewardship Council wooden prefab structure responds effectively to the necessity of developing on a rugged piece of land, far from the city and tough access,” Studio MK27 stated in a project description.

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An expansive wooden deck creates a platform for the house, which is framed by two adobe walls at either finish.

Catuçaba by Studio MK27

Floor-to-ceiling glazing opens out onto the north and south terraces, extending the living spaces outdoors. Glazing is covered by screens produced from eucalyptus branches that filter light by way of their irregular outline.

“The complete glazed region that receives the sunlight has movable eucalyptus panels positioned vertically,” Studio MK27 added. “This permits for the customers to have comprehensive manage of the insolation [sun exposure] level.”

Catuçaba by Studio MK27

A cantilevered roof extends above the outside spaces, additional assisting to shade the interiors. The architects covered the roof in greenery to integrate it into its organic surroundings.

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The living ares are open and characterised by wood finishes. The clay floor is produced locally from the similar material as the residence’s finish walls.

Catuçaba by Studio MK27

Interior divisions produced of wooden frames filled with wool insulation are made use of to separate the bedrooms. These are completed uncomplicated with exposed wooden ceilings, white-painted walls and wood-burning stoves.

Catuçaba by Studio MK27

Catuçaba operates off-grid, so it has no access to mains electrical energy or water.

Solar panels on the roof and a nearby wind turbine create the home’s electrical energy, which can be stored inside batteries underneath the structure. Integrated systems to gather rainwater and treat waste water support irrigate the garden. The residents get drinking water from a nearby spring.

Catuçaba by Studio MK27

Studio MK27, which was founded by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, completed the sustainable wooden house in 2016. It is the very first developing in Brazil to earn Platinum certification from the Green Constructing Council.

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“The intention of this project is to materialise sustainability not only technically but also in the integration of the residence with its context,” the firm stated.

Catuçaba by Studio MK27

Studio MK27’s other current projects contain a São Paulo residence topped with a monumental grass roof and a Miami Beach residence featuring a private lagoon.

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.


Project credits:
Architecture: Studio MK27
Architect: Marcio Kogan
Co-architect: Lair Reis
Project group: Carlos Costa, Diana Radomysler, Flavia Maritan, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano

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