Wednesday, May 27, 2009

House in Rio, With the Latest Environmentally-Friendly Technology?

"The Breezy, Beautiful Brazilian Leaf House"
inhabitat (November 12, 200)

"Outside of Rio de Janeiro, on a beautiful little beach with amazing blue water, sits a little house with a flowering roof that shades and protects like a big tropical banana leaf. Designed by Mareines + Patalano, the open air abode is meant to encourage interaction and connection between man and nature...."

The 'inhabitat' post has more photos - eight or nine, depending on how you count them - than the World Architecture News article they cite as their source.

(from inhabitat, used w/o permission)
'Here's Looking at You' - remarkably anthropomorphic design.

Aside from supporting the impression that 'ecological awareness' and 'environmental sensitivity' are for the very rich, this is a pretty good post about a visually and technologically interesting house.

(from inhabitat, used w/o permission)
"Above all the Leaf House is amazing inspiration for organic design that brings the outdoors in. It protects the inhabitants from rain and sun, while bringing in fresh breezes to cool the interior...."

Living in a part of the world where "fresh breezes" don't blow thirty miles an hour at minus ten Fahrenheit for part of the year helps, of course.

Still, designing ventilation into a house makes good sense. We've got the same sort of thing in our house: it's basically a two-story farm house built around 1900. We call our environmentally-friendly passive ventilation system "windows."

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