During the design of a new modern residence in tropical Brasilia, architect Ana Paula Barros drew on both the Bauhaus movement and the famous Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe for inspiration. The resulting home, named Loft Bauhaus, features a low-impact and energy efficient design that’s also carefully laid-out to enable its wheelchair-bound owner to navigate the interior with greater ease.
Loft Bauhaus measures 1,700 square-feet and is raised two feet off the ground using hydraulic piloti. This minimizes the home’s impact on the soil and allows all necessary electrical cables to be fitted below the floor – resulting in lower construction and maintenance costs. In addition, there are gaps located near the ceiling which cause the rising warm air to be expelled, thus reducing the need for air-conditioning.
On account of the owner’s reduced physical abilities, access to the home is gained via ramp, and the interior layout is dominated by a large living and dining space. Glass sliding doors allow the prevailing breeze to cool the entire interior naturally, and even the bathroom can be opened to the outside. Only the toilet remains truly hidden from sight.
Loft Bauhaus is decorated and furnished with works by Brazilian artists and designers, and takes its place beautifully within the surrounding forest.