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Natural materials in the middle of the forest marks EQ house project signed by Gilda Meirelles Arquitetura (Brazil)

Project name:
EQ Residence
Architecture firm:
Gilda Meirelles Arquitetura
Bragança Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil
Evelyn Muller
Principal architect:
Gilda Meirelles
Design team:
Interior design:
Dani Vit
Built area:
1.100 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Alex Hanazaki
Tools used:
Wood, Concrete, Metal, Stone
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Designed to receive a family living abroad, the country house in the interior of São Paulo needed to accommodate them during long seasons in Brazil. Located in Quinta da Baroneza, with 1,100 m², the challenge was, in addition to thinking about the program for prolonged uses, solving the implantation in the very inclined terrain.

This land, according to the architect Gilda Meirelles, from Gilda Meirelles Arquitetura, had two striking characteristics, which were also its greatest qualities: the view and all sideview to a well-closed forest reserve. Therefore, the implantation was made in order to soften the inclination and enhance these two qualities.

Natural materials in the middle of the forest marks EQ house project signed by Gilda Meirelles Arquitetura (Brazil)image © Evelyn Muller

The program was extensive because it was not only a leisure house. The project was made in order to give a lot of comfort to the intimate area, but also to have a wide leisure area.

As the idea was not to design a house with many levels, it was decided to place the rooms on the entrance floor and a right foot below with the rooms, terrace, swimming pool, that is, the whole social part. This is where the project stands out: from the entrance hall, through the double height of the room and the huge windows, you can see the garden, the pool and the beautiful view of the valley. The access to this floor of the room and terrace was made by a staircase, in the hall flanked by a huge internal garden.

Another highlight of the EQ House is the irregularly shaped pool with an infinite bottom edge, creating a frame for the beautiful view of those in the rooms and on the terrace.

modern house in Brazil image © Evelyn Muller

The materials chosen were sought to integrate the house into the countryside and forest landscape. Wood in the ceilings, and in the floors of the intimate clay tile area, and also stones covering some very determined walls, and materials that are easy to use and maintain, such as porcelain tiles in the rooms, terrace and pool area.

The landscaping project completed the architecture, creating an integration with the forest and a connection with the view.

tropical vegetations and trees in the entrance of the house

main entrance wooden door

carpet and wooden desk

wooden stair steps and glass handrail

central courtyard with skylight in the ceiling

cozy living room with natural daylight

wooden staircase steps

stone wall separates kitchen from living area

round table and chairs

terrace desk with outdoor furniture

infinity pool with nature view

swimming pool and outdoor furniture

infinity pool with nature view

modern house with pool

luxury home with swimming pool

house surrounded with green landscape

house nestled in nature

EQ residence in Sao Paulo

Ground floor plan

first floor plan

elevation drawings


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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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