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Paraty House

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / Environmental Design / Leisure & Tourism / 2010

There is a legend which says that the region of the colonial cities of Paraty and Angra dos Reis (between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) has 365 islands, one for each day of the year. Two boxes of reinforced concrete rest on the mountainside of one of these islands; two modern prisms between the large colossal stones of the Brazilian coast. The boxes project outwards from the mountain, almost abreast of the beach, in an eight-metre cantilever. The house, of structural ingenuity, finds balance in the topography of the land, offering an extensive open doorway and living space in the practically untouched landscape.

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