- Name: Café House
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 3
- Size: 2,766 sq. ft.
- Built: 2023
Café House is a captivating contemporary architectural ode to the rich tapestry of Brazil’s cerrado region. Nestled amidst a rustic panorama defined by terracotta earth and sinuous tree trunks, this architectural marvel embodies a profound dialogue between environment, culture, and inhabitants. Envisioned as a sanctuary, Café House emerges from a deep-seated understanding of its surroundings, a tribute to the philosophy that a home should be an extension of its locale. Here, in the heart of Brazil’s hinterlands, where coffee isn’t just a beverage but an invitation to linger in conversation, the design embarks on a poetic exploration of this cherished cultural tradition.
Drawing inspiration from the very essence of coffee itself, the architects have ingeniously channeled the nuances of its growth from the land it springs forth, to the fragrant tendrils it weaves through the air. This dichotomy is artfully rendered in the house’s elemental design. Sturdy pigmented concrete walls evoke the grounding presence of earth, while above, two ethereal, curvilinear slabs, seemingly weightless, dance in the air like pages of a story unfolding. These elements coalesce, creating a captivating interplay between weight and lightness, firmly rooted in the natural ethos of the cerrado.
Beyond its aesthetic prowess, Café House ingeniously divides its space into two distinct realms beneath the graceful sweep of the curved slabs: the convivial social domain and the intimate, sanctuary-like enclave. A corridor, embraced by earthy walls, serves as a threshold, guiding inhabitants through this transition. By preserving the existing topography and retaining the venerable trees, the architecture remains in harmonious dialogue with the landscape. The result is a dwelling that not only encapsulates the spirit of the place but also forges a profound emotional connection between residents and their abode, sculpting a living narrative that echoes the very soul of Brazil’s interior.
- Architect: TETRO Arquitetura
- Photography: Luísa Lage
- Location: Moeda, Minas Gerais, Brazil