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Rio House near Tijuca National Park

15 May 2020

Rio House, Brazil

Architects: Olson Kundig

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio House Tijuca National Park Brazil

After living in the urban core of Rio de Janeiro for many years, the clients wanted to build an intimate retreat on their property adjacent to the Tijuca National Park where they could enjoy books, art and especially the natural landscape.

Rio House Tijuca National Park

The primary design goal for Rio House was to make the house as small as possible within its tropical jungle setting. The 1,500-square-foot house rises into the rainforest canopy – a secluded hideaway for the owner couple to retreat from the distractions of city life.

Rio House Tijuca National Park Brazil

Essentially a steel-and-glass box, the house hovers above the land supported structurally by two concrete piers, one of which also functions as an indoor/outdoor fireplace.

Rio House Tijuca National Park Brazil

Rio House Tijuca National Park

Rio House Tijuca National Park Brazil

Tucked into the juçara palm and cariniana trees on the 3.1-acre site, the north end of the home contains a single bedroom while the south end opens to views of city, the sea, and Rio’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue. On the ground plane below, a screened porch and outdoor kitchenette allow the owners to engage the landscape.

Rio House Tijuca National Park

Rio House Tijuca National Park

Local construction techniques are incorporated throughout, including board-formed concrete site walls and interior walls of colorful plaster over terracotta in the Brazilian tradition. Floors are Brazilian wood and vermelhão stained concrete, a common vernacular tradition. Painted, marine-grade stainless structural steel – the home’s primary material – stands up to the humid climate where corrosion is a concern.

Rio House Tijuca National Park

The home is designed for natural ventilation with manual pivot windows and retractable window walls with insect screens. These, along with a solar water heating system, allow the home to function during intermittent power outages.

Rio House Tijuca National Park

Rio House Tijuca National Park

“This house is a private, intimate place for the owner couple to go up into the hillside above Rio de Janeiro and enjoy books, art and especially the landscape.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal

“The agenda was simple – to make the house as small as possible in the big, beautiful landscape of the Tijuca jungle.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal

“The building hovers above the land and is a platform for the owners to appreciate and enjoy the beautiful Rio landscape.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal

Rio House Tijuca National Park Brazil

Rio House near Tijuca National Park in Brazil – Building Information

Architects: Olson Kundig
Completed: 2018
Project Size: 1,500 SF

Rio House Tijuca National Park Brazil

Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal; Edward Lalonde, Project Manager / Project Architect; Fergus Knox, Architectural Staff; Phil Turner, Gizmo Design

Key Consultants: Construtora São Bento, General Contractor; Jose Luiz Canal, Project Manager / Owner’s Representative; MCE Structural Consultants and Mauro Jorge, Structural Engineers; WSP and GreenWatt, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineers; Isabel Duprat Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architect; O- Lighting Design, Lighting Design; Front, Façade Consultant; Eleve, Steelwork; KB Architectural Services with Phil Turner, Gizmo Design; 12th Avenue Iron, Gizmo Fabricator

Rio House Tijuca National Park Brazil

Photos: Maria Acayaba

Olson Kundig Architects

Rio House next to Tijuca National Park, Brazil images / information received 150520

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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