Brazilian architecture firm, Jamelo Arquitetura, were responsible for the design and construction of this luxurious little getaway. The building is designed as a guest house, providing a separate annex for friends and family of the owner.
The project, known simply as House in Lauro de Freitas, is set on a large plot of land measuring 13,454.88-square-feet (1,250-square-meters). The house itself only occupies a fraction of the site.
The two-story guest house contains a total of 753.47-square-feet (70-square-meters) and comes equipped with everything you’d find in a normal home, bar a kitchen. The house is completely autonomous from the main building, and each floor can be access separately, allowing it to cater for different groups of people.
The building is set on a site that’s surrounded by plants and trees. Preserving the vegetation was a priority for the owner and the only way to ensure it would remain intact, was to demolish an old laundry room, replacing it with the new unit.
The house is self is built on sand (it’s set not far from a beach). The structural engineers recommended a flat slab foundation, over which the super structure could be built and fastened to. The first floor is constructed with brickwork. The second floor is composed of a steel frame and prefab concrete slabs.
On the roof, an irrigated garden was installed. The purpose of the garden is to help reduce the heat load on the structure, improving it’s thermal performance. A HVAC system was also installed to help maintain a comfortable internal temperature year-round.
Accord to the plans, the ground floor was envisioned as a living room with a bathroom to the back. The upper level was intended to serve as a bedroom, with a bathroom to the rear and a large balcony to the front. Based on the pictures the client has decided to use the ground floor as a bedroom, which probably makes a bit more sense given it’s purpose.