This “hairy” house in Sao Paulo is covered in palm fiber to protect the interior from excessive sunlight. Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana designed the house for Zunino and Solange Ricoy. The house takes cues from the country’s indigenous architecture and uses piassava palm fiber to regulate indoor temperatures and provide shelter from the tropical heat.
The four-story house is located in Sao Paulo’s Jardim Paulista neighborhood. According to the architects, the structure was designed as “a vegetable that invades the house”. The interior continues the theme of organic materials, featuring leather and wood that brings warmth to the living spaces. The floor was built using reclaimed hardwood, while tall cacti and climbing figs cover parts of the exterior walls. A glass roof and terrace draw additional natural light into the volume of the house.
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“The house is very clean, so we created those elements to bring strong, organic emotion into the house and the facade,” said the architects. “We wanted to create something like a vegetable that goes from outside of the house to the inside.”
Photos by Leonardo Finotti