Bridgette Meinhold

Gridded Modular Eco Home in the Hills Outside Sao Paulo

by , 09/08/10

the grid house, casa grelha, sao paulo, brazil, modular housing, green roof, green building, sustainable architecture

The Grid House sits on a parcel of land where walking paths converge, leading away to the jungle and off towards hill tops with views. This protected little valley comprises about 16 acres and it is the only part of the land that has been built on out of 53.24 hectares. Less of a house and more of an open garden, the Grid House is an experiment in connecting with nature. Green roofs, water features, pools, covered pavilions and small gardens become just as much a part of the house as the bedrooms and the kitchen.

Modular grids of timber beams (5.5 m x 5.5 m x 3 m) snap together to form the main house, which includes six bedrooms, the owner’s suite, living areas, and a large kitchen. Located away from the main house are tennis courts, the maids cottages, and a garage. Due to the naturally damp conditions of the area, the one-story luxury eco-house was built up on pillars to keep it off of the ground. Grids that aren’t used for living areas are used as walkways or even left completely open, to allow visitors to see the ground below and the surrounding forest.

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Via Daily Tonic

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