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PREFAB FRIDAY: Residencia RR Sustainable Style in São Paulo

Posted By Ali Kriscenski On April 4, 2008 @ 5:32 am In Architecture,Prefab Housing | 5 Comments

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Just off the Brazilian coast in São Paulo, architect Andrade Morettin [2] has created Residencia RR – a stunning summer abode nestled amidst the dense vegetation and semi-tropical, hot, humid climate of Itamambuca in the state’s north coast. Responding to the local environment, House RR is selectively protected from and open to the elements. Under a primary “shell” the home shelters from intense sun and rains but allows much desired natural cross-ventilation to permeate through living spaces. With prefabricated [3] components and an elevated foundation, the construction sits lightly on its site with a low ecological impact.


Prefabricated architecture, modular housing, sao Paulo, Andrade morettin, Brazil, timber structure, galvanized steel, EPS, low environmental impact, waste reductionsaopaulo2.jpg

The industrial looking exterior is a six-meter-high lightweight shell made from prefabricated timber with galvanized steel joints and steel facades on the ends and roof. The long facades of the house are composed of a system of sliding screens which allow natural ventilation [4] and views to the ocean without letting in the endless onset of local insects. The living spaces are simply a stack of timber cubes that provide space for kitchen, dining, bathrooms and three bedrooms – two with private, enclosed decks.

The design is beautiful, and the house earns a big nod for its construction practices. Use of a prefabricated timber frame reduced construction waste and, combined with a design that is elevated on 75cm-high concrete pillars, the construction process resulted in little site disturbance which is especially crucial in coastal and tropical regions [5]. For even more sustainability kudos, we would need a little more specifics about the materials used. For instance, if the timber was FSC-certified [6], reclaimed or locally sourced and also if the steel was recycled. Those two elements would raise this prefab to a whole new level of our appreciation. Still, the design and site-sensitive construction of the Residencia RR certainly piqued our prefab interest.

+ Andrade Morettin Arquitectos

Via World Architecture News [7]
Photos: Nelson Kon


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/04/prefab-friday-sustainable-summer-style-in-sao-paulo/

[2] Andrade Morettin: http://www.andrademorettin.com.br/

[3] prefabricated: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/28/prefab-friday-zerohouse-shows-nothing-is-everything/

[4] natural ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/27/russia-tower-worlds-largest-naturally-ventilated-building/

[5] tropical regions: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/26/sustainable-towers-in-malaysia-by-studio-nicoletti-associati/

[6] FSC-certified: http://www.fsc.org

[7] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=2061

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