Casa Bauer: A skylight that invites the sky into the home.

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_project: Casa Bauer
_architecture: Luiz Paulo Andrade Arquitetos
_location: Indaiatuba, Brazil

In contemporary architecture, the relationship between built spaces and their natural surroundings has become a focal point of design, prompting a reevaluation of how structures can harmoniously coexist with the environment. This philosophy emphasizes openness and integration, creating living spaces that not only exist within the landscape but also actively engage with it, allowing inhabitants to experience nature intimately.

Casa Bauer by Luiz Paulo Andrade Arquitetos has a thoughtful design that integrates openings to merge the inside with the outside, a coupled garden that extends living spaces, and a skylight that invites the sky into the home. The house’s clever manipulation of ceiling heights versus its expansive horizontal layout disguises the structure's verticality, providing an illusion of modesty while retaining spaciousness. The project not only provides a luxurious habitat but also serves as a living canvas that captures the essence of its environment

The openings in Casa Bauer are not merely windows but are transformative design elements that create a dialogue between the structure and its surroundings. They frame the views of Indaiatuba, a city in the outskirts of São Paulo, drawing in the landscape to become an integral component of the living experience within. The home's design blurs the lines between the built and the natural, with a garden that is not just adjacent but intertwined with the living spaces, fostering an intimate connection with nature.

The use of a skylight that opens is particularly significant, as it does not just allow light to permeate but also offers an ever-changing view of the heavens, further enhancing the home's open character. This feature emphasizes the vertical dimension of the house, contrasting the predominantly horizontal layout, and provides a dynamic element to the architectural narrative.

Moreover, the thoughtful consideration of the house's ceiling height versus its horizontality cleverly masks the structure's actual height, creating an illusion of modesty while still offering grand, airy spaces. The flat roof, starting at the intimate level and stretching over the social areas, maintains a consistent plane that subtly differentiates the private and public zones through varying ceiling heights, without interrupting the visual flow.

These architectural choices culminate in a living space that is not just a residence but an immersive experience that celebrates the beauty of its surroundings.


_article written by Daniela Moreira Silva
_film by Architecture Hunter
_cover image by Leonardo Finotti

_drawings by Luiz Paulo Andrade Arquitetos:

1. Ground Floor Plan

2. Terrace Plan

3. Cross Section A

4. Cross Section B

5. Elevation 1

6. Elevation 2

7. Elevation 3

8. Elevation 4

9. Isometric

10. Isometric

11. Isometric

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