Designed by the architectural firm Encaixe Soluções Alternativas, Ecocasa is located in the heart of the Atelier Brazil The Wine Route, or “rota do vinho” in Portuguese. About an hour from So Paulo’s city center, attractions around the house include a variety of wineries, local artichoke plantations, and several wildlife areas. The designers chose to incorporate rammed earth and bamboo construction techniques to reduce costs and provide important sustainability aspects to the project.
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“For young Brazilians, the dream of home ownership seems unattainable,” the architects told Inhabitat. “Even more if it is an eco-house made of natural materials, designed based on the bio-climatic principles of architecture of low cost and modern design.” A desirable location near the city and the combination of the diversity of the region natural The surroundings mean the owners get to enjoy the best of both worlds.
rammed earth The walls were built using soil from the plot, organically integrated with the local landscape while maintaining ecological responsibility. The design combined rammed earth with structural concrete blocks for added strength, so there was no need for paint or other finishings after the project was completed. The result is a beautiful, dark brown color that is accentuated with dark brown on both the interior and exterior.
The house incorporates an integrated design with a complete water cycle and uses the design-build method, meaning the design was optimized throughout all phases of construction. In this way, the material was ordered in various stages to reduce waste, and both materials and labor were locally sourced to minimize environmental impacts with transportation.
There is a central courtyard with a skylight as well as a bamboo balcony to provide lots of views. The bamboo chosen for its eco-friendly characteristics as well as its durability was achieved through a Local Supplier in the neighboring city of Ibiúna. Bedroom walls, in particular, benefit from Compressed Earth Bricks (CEB) as they create thermoacoustic comfort in rooms.
Images by Marcos Bacon and Fit Alternative Solutions
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