Carpina House by NEBR Arquitetura

The elegance of the emptiness built up against the sublime nature

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▼视频,video © NEBR Arquitetura

内陆地区卡皮纳的上空总有鸟群飞过,并且常常伴随着鸟叫声。在如此独特的环境之中,该住宅设计的关键在于尽情享用周围的环境。建筑走向顺应纵向的斜坡并契合于Zona da Mata Pernambucana中心区域的基地轮廓。

In the skies of the inland municipality of Carpina, there is always a flock passing by, there is always a bird singing. In this very unique setting, the design of the country house emerges in its primary condition – enjoying the surrounding atmosphere through architecture without excess. The generatrix of the architectural party comes from the longitudinal cut of the sloping geography and appropriates the natural profile of the site in the middle of the Zona da Mata Pernambucana.

▼山林中的住宅,the house in mountains © Manuel Sá


The pragmatic design process comprises the premises imposed on its dichotomy – balancing economic and constructive reasons. In summary, the conventional construction system in reinforced concrete, omnipresent in the territory, validates the unfolding and tracing of an identity architecture within the possibilities. Therefore, the technical accuracy of the designers at the construction site orchestrates the conscious apparatus in the materialization of this dialectic. The regulatory layout of the plants assumes a modular division, by ordering and accommodating a dense programmatic scope for a residence of 240m² of built area, distributed over two floors. On the other hand, despite the compact conformation of the domestic program, the geometric resolution of the building void succeeds in qualifying the ambience of the occupied spaces, in an attempt to legitimize dialogues with the enjoyment of the uninterrupted rural landscape surrounding the habitat.

▼住宅顺坡地而建,the house is built along the slope © Manuel Sá

▼两个体块紧凑相接,two blocks are tightly connected © Manuel Sá

▼入口,entrance © Manuel Sá


From the articulation of volumetrically disparate orthogonal solids, the plastic expression of rigorous design aims to accentuate the geometric rigor with a certain fragmentation by subverting formal protagonisms. The straight, hard, inflexible line created by man sometimes comprises continuous strokes, sometimes discontinuous, emerging when advancing and retracting the calligraphy with non-coplanar edges.

▼笔直而硬朗的建筑线条,straight and hard line © Manuel Sá

▼严谨的几何形制,rigorous geometry © Manuel Sá


In its materiality, the project takes advantage of the tangible synergy in the profusion of the glass blocks in attenuating the natural light through a plural optics. This experience combines a sensitive poetic narrative by virtue of the shadow, between the metric coexistence of the blocks before the slender embroidery of nature placed there.

▼透过玻璃砖的诗意光影 © Manuel Sá
the poetic light and shadow through glass bricks

▼不同窗户将景观引入室内 © Manuel Sá
different windows bring the landscape into the room


Another element gives rise to a notable role in its heart, an unexpected glass walkway paradoxically hovers over the landscape and witnesses the finite by gravitating the natural interfaces and building the perennial meaning of space. Existence precedes its essence, this value perpetuates the soul of the house – the elegance of the emptiness built up against the sublime nature.

▼夜景,night view © Manuel Sá

▼模型,models © NEBR Arquitetura

▼一层平面图,ground floor plan © NEBR Arquitetura

▼地下一层平面图,lower floor plan © NEBR Arquitetura

Location: Carpina, PE, 2021
Project date: 2020
Land area: 450 m2
Built area: 240 m2
Architecture: NEBR Arquitetura
Author: Edson Muniz
Collaborators: Amanda Brandão and Chico Santos
Construction: RWM Construtora
Manufacturers: Seves Glass Block, Alcoa, Pamesa, Tramontina, Deca
Photos: Manuel Sá

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