Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Architecture Wednesday: in the Heart of the Amazon

I’ve always liked that indoor-outdoor feel in a home, but this one, located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, along the Rio Negro in Manaus, Brazil, seems to take it one step further.

It’s hard to tell when you’re in the house, and when you’re out of the house.

The concrete house, all 7500 square feet of it, is also fill with the warmth of local, exotic woods in the doors, windows, decks and cabinetry. The floors are white cement and all the wet areas—the infinity pool, the barbecue area and the entrance waterfall… let that sink in, the entrance waterfall—are made of oxidized concrete with iron.

In that entrance hall, the rain creates a waterfall and each interior patio employs rain chains to channel that water away, while creating a relaxing, natural sound when it rains.

Nature seems invited to enter the house through various openings in the roof, as well as the gardens that serve almost as room dividers; this also helps to create a natural ventilation system to radiate heat out of the house and keep things cool under the hot Brazilian sun. Fresh air goes down to the planted patios and the windows created by high ceilings let out the hot air.

As I said, you don’t know whether you’ve stepped outside or inside, but either way it’s gorgeous.

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Mistress Maddie said...

It's in there darlin' I can't say I like the outside at all.....but LOVE the interior. Great layout. Amazing way to use the water features and the rain chains. And I adore a,open air house. Great choice this week Bob, chantay you stay.

Dave R said...

.... okay, so where do they hide the mosquito netting?

Moving with Mitchell said...

That outside view isn’t very appealing but I do like the interiors... except I’m not a huge fan of all that modular seating. Picky. Picky. Picky.

brewella deville said...

Nice place, but along the Rio Negro in the heart of the amazon? They'll be lucky if mosquitos are all they have to worry about. How long before it's taken over by ants, crickets, roaches, cicadas, bats, centipedes, snakes, and a family of passive aggressive capybara?