Gallery: Brazilian Home Showcases Light, Art, and Salvaged Materials


The Eugenia House by Brazilian Architect João Diniz tells a story of sunlight, cool breezes and art. The home’s tall, simple roof creates a large open living space that is light, airy and provides views of the neighboring trees in Lagoa Santa, Brazil. What makes it unique though is how the structural framing and railings are made from reused sewer drain pipes, and the project’s façade is graced by a bas relief by the Brazilian artist Jorge dos Anjos. The overall effect maximizes light and space in a relatively small footprint.

By building up rather than out the house make great gains. The uppermost tinted awning windows create a draft, flushing cooling air through the entire home without fans. Light cascades though the house, bouncing off the white ceilings and filling the lower level. The airy loft affords a grand view of the adjacent hills and a grove of trees. The upper and lower spaces open completely to the adjacent patios. An overhang helps keep the hot direct sun out and creates shelter during stormy weather. The entire roof is white to help reduce afternoon heat gain.

The arched roof, oversized awning and internal railing and loft are supported by a host of pipes salvaged from old sewer lines. The supporting structure enhances the airiness of the design, while the side walls are made from masonry brick. The huge and lively bas-relief art set on the outside walls is a piece by Jorge dos Anjos. It is deeply influenced by African art brought to Brasil during the time of the slave trades. His reliefs are energetic, poetic and elemental.

+ João Diniz Architects

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  1. ghazi January 9, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Bookmarked*** Well! I found it the best Post that I have gone through. This is something really interesting. thanks For Sharing

  2. Barbara Dayrell January 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    This house is really great, I’ve known it since I was an architecture student in Brazil. But you should know the architect’s name is João Diniz, and not the english version John.

  3. joao diniz January 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    dear Andrew and Inhabitat, thanks a lot for this publication, let’s keep in touch, all the best, Joao Diniz

  4. Holcim Awards January 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Great use of recycled materials. It is also wonderful to see the design address solar orientation and make use of natural lighting and ventilation.

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