38 Small, Comfortable Houses in Brazil

In unison with my previous post on the hottest properties in Brazil, here’s a post on creating a comfortable house with restriction on size. The website Casa.com.br has an image gallery of 38 small but comfortable houses and a little plus sign below each photo where one can gather more information on each property. The goal is to build smart due to a small property size and that’s what has been done with these houses. The other two goals, or rather, benefits, are a comparitively smaller price tag and a rapid building process. Oddly enough, I’m reminded of a documentary on censorship in Iranian journalism and how the more restrictions placed on what can be written, the more creative the journalist must become. I see a parallel with architects and micro-homes.

A place of well-being, elaborated by the architect Patrícia Martinez, for Casa Cor São Paulo 2008. While the wood floor invites one to walk barefoot, the gravel-lined passages offer a foot massage. The bathroom contains a sauna and the room, a fireplace and corner for exercise. – More Info (in PT)

The building is from 1930 and it was reworked by the architect Carlos Verna. On the outside, the bricks were lightened with a cement cream, chalk and sand, applied with a spatula. Next, the excess was taken off with a sponge. Carlos Verna elevated the house by 50 cm. He also set the garage ramp at 16 cm and two steps at 34 cm. – More Info (in PT)

Thanks to a no-frills, small project, the architect André Guidotti built this economic beach house for a couple in just six months. Integrated spaces and a standardization of finishes helped in keeping the overall cost low. – More Info (in PT)

Inspired by the Polynesian bungalows, the design team of Tais Marchetti and Giovanni Bonetti erected this house in front of a beach in Florianopolis, on a concrete slab supported by columns. – More Info (in PT)

The 2.60 meter high sliding doors made of fallen pine guided the steps of the kiosk (part of the new house). The overhang with a width of 60 cm prevents it from raining inside, since there is no glass closing on the gable roof. – More Info (in PT)

For more houses and ideas, check out this image gallery link and don’t forget Google Translate if you don’t speak Portuguese.

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  1. And speaking of architecture, I’d like to thank Tudobeleza for the posts on the architect Oscar Niemeyer. For years I assumed he was an American architect because of his work or should I say design of the United Nations building in New York. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he is actually a Carioca, of Rio. I am a draftsman or in old world English translates to draughtsman which translates to desenhista or the more precise projetista in Portuguese.

    Years ago when I started drafting on a manual drafting board with parallel bar, t – square, triangles, mechanical pencil, engineer and architect scales that resemble weird looking rulers there was no such thing as Wikapedia. And in those days Oscar Niemeyer was just referred to as an architect. I wondered why history records that he did not do much work in the US after the UN project and now I know why.

    As to the 38 Small, Comfortable Houses in Brazil don’t think of it as restrictions but more of architecture evolving from the grandiose structures of old to the affordable and sustainable for the single family unit.

    That not only can be built in Brazil but anywhere else in the world because of the affordability and ease of construction. The architects mission is not only to design a structure but one that makes you want to live in it and make it and call it a home. Where it is pleasing to do all the things you do as a family with an enjoyment of your immediate environment of not only the building but the landscaping as well. Very similar to the building projects I’ve seen in the Playing for Change video in the background of the units in Africa as seen on this very web site.

    My favorite house of the 38 is the Green Jewel or Jóia Verde. With its minimal use of materials. Landscaping that looks as natural as the nature surrounding the home. The location of the house to the stream where the stream (or river) is actually the source of water for the home that is mechanically cleaned and filtered for drinking, cooking bathing and other uses. All this translates into less cost in monies spent per month. It would be easy to add some inexpensive passive and active design elements also.

    Check out these minimalist bungalows from the pousda TooCool on our buddy Pardal’s website bahiaonline, that are located in Diogo in Bahia, http://www.toocoolnabahia.com/version00/home_en.html and see what you think. Not only do I like the area because of it’s beauty and safe location but I suspect the land prices are far less than what is describe in the previous post of The Hottest Properties in Brazil are…

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