This beautiful home in the hills outside of Sao Paulo is modular by design, consisting of timber beam units formed into a grid. Gardens, walkways, green roofs, and pavilions weave in between the family rooms, creating a direct connection with the surrounding landscape. Designed by the Brazilian firm forte, gimenes & marcondes ferraz ARQUITETOS, Casa Grelha, or Grid House, stands up on stilts in a beautiful valley surrounded by a large swath of native forest that is permanently protected.
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.
Via Daily Tonic