Martins Lucena uses slatted wood and tile screens to let the breeze into IF House in Brazil - architecture and design

Martins Lucena uses slatted wood and tile screens to let the breeze into IF House in Brazil



This concrete coastal house in Brazil was designed by locally based Martins Lucena Architects to capture prevailing breezes and minimise solar heat gain.

The IF House occupies a corner lot in Ponta Negra, an oceanfront community in the town of Natal. Local studio Martins Lucena Architects completed the 420-square-metre dwelling for a young couple with two children.

The design process began with a desire to employ a modernist design vocabulary and to establish "spatial and visual flow" between inside and out. The home also needed to respond to the area's warm, sunny climate.

For a gently sloping site, the architects conceived an assemblage of boxes with cantilevers and setbacks. The structure is made of concrete ? a building material that enabled "the reading of the floors as separate volumes, and guaranteed the fluidity of the internal spaces and large spans", the team said in a project description.
Windows are oriented to the south and east in order to capture prevailing breezes. To help mitigate solar penetration, wooden shading devices and a cement-tile screen were added to the exterior. These materials ? along with stone in the backyard ? draw upon local design traditions.

"The use of materials like wood and hydraulic tile, and the use of typical stones found in the region, favours dialogue between contemporary and regional language," the team said.
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