ARCA, Brazil By Atelier Marko Brajovic

Among the forest, beside the waterfall.

Project Specs


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ARCA was named by the locals as it came as a ship in the middle of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. If fact, on a more anecdotic level, it’s an earthship project, that comes from a wish to mimic a specific Brazilian indigenous house typology (Asurini, Médio Xingu) and be a stand alone object with minimal impact to the surrounding.

▼雨林中与自然友好的小型住宅,a eco-friendly residence in the middle of the Forest


For that purpose we decided to use a shell self-supporting structure that solutions a roofing, side walls and finishings. The Galvalume (carbon steel + aluminium + zinc) modules were assembled on-site in only one week and as well can be easily dismantled and rebuilt on a new location.

▼使用了Galvalume材料的结构,the self-supporting structure made of Galvalume

▼结构可以轻松地在其他地方完成拆卸和重建的工作,the structure can be easily dismantled and rebuilt on a new location


The internal timber walls are only 3 cm ticks as they are internally reinforced by steel-bar that compress the whole structure.

▼住宅两侧通高的落地窗引入了舒适的阳光,the full-height glazed facade invites more sunlight into the space


A house can host till two couples with kids, has a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and a generous open space serving as living room or workshops area for creative and professional trainings. In that second mode, the beds folds in sofas and the sleeping room transforms in production rooms.

▼开敞的内部空间可以用于居住或工作,a generous open space can serve both as living or working purpose

▼舒适的内部空间,the comfort interior space


The main idea is that a house can be used for a weekend by creative and professionals (with kids) that want to work on their creation inspired by nature in a very confort environment.

▼住宅为一家人提供了亲近自然的机会,the residence provides the family members an access to nature

▼餐厅,dining area


ARCA坐落在Parque da Bocaina国家公园的边界处,住宅一侧就是Perequé瀑布。距离这里十公里出就是一座名为Paraty的殖民地城市,并且以它丰富的文化遗产和自然环境而闻名。

ARCA is located on a waterfall Perequé, on a border with a national park Parque da Bocaina and ten kilometers from a charming colonial city Paraty well known for its cultural heritage and natural treasures.

▼住宅一侧的景观,the waterscape besides the house


Project name: ARCA
Format: Guest house and learning
Project by: Atelier Marko Brajovic
Creative Director: arch. Marko Brajovic
Project Director: arch. Bruno Bezerra
Assistent Architect: arch. Lucas de Sordi
Shell structure constructor: Expobrax
Area: 130m2
Dimensions: 12m (L) x 10,5m (W) x 5,8m (H)
Location: Paraty, Brazil

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