The Casa Nica project is located on the outskirts of the city of Cunha, 250km from São Paulo. We were asked to renovate a house of 50m2. Due to local environmental legislation, it is not possible to build new works in the region close to the rivers and, therefore, it was necessary to preserve the existing volumes.
For this, in the Casa Nica project we built new facades following the periphery of the old house, which was demolished in order to reuse the bricks to build the internal partitions of the new house. To achieve a better spatial quality, we sought reference in the Paraguayan typology Culata Jovai, in which the shared environment of the living room is the main one in the residence and where all the others are directed.
The Lavanderia project is located on the outskirts of the city of Cunha, in an environmentally protected site due to its proximity to streams in the region. According to environmental legislation, it is not possible to build new works and, therefore, it was necessary to follow the volumetry and location of an existing vegetable garden.
We took advantage of the building's elevated base and added two cantilevered side volumes, so that they are free from the ground to make it difficult for moisture to accumulate and for animals to enter. In these two volumes - built with hollow clay bricks to allow for cross circulation - we have concentrated storage cupboards, a bathroom and work benches with washing and drying machines.