Itamambuca House: concrete and wood dance in harmony.

_project: Itamambuca House
_architecture: Gui Mattos
_location: São Sebastião, Brazil

Architecture and nature find a seamless union when nestled together. Thoughtful placement of buildings within the landscape creates a harmonious blend, respecting the surroundings. This symbiotic relationship between architecture and nature not only inspires but also contributes to sustainable and holistic design. When architecture and nature converge, they create spaces that are visually captivating and nurturing to our well-being.

The Itamambuca House, designed by architect Gui Mattos, is nestled in Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest. In an interview with the dweller of the house, their experience of living at Casa Itamambuca was described as a pleasure and a responsibility. The house, essentially an invitation to nature, allows them to immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding forest and the soothing sound of the nearby sea. The dweller stated, "often when I go there, I do many plans, but when I arrive I realize that I just want to observe." The house not only serves as a backdrop for creating cherished memories with family and friends but also keeps them in touch with the ever-changing environment.

One of the remarkable features of Casa Itamambuca is the contrasting materiality of the house, where concrete and cozy wooden furniture coexist harmoniously. The dweller expressed that the noble elements of wood and concrete end up mimicking each other, but what truly matters is nature. The design aims to direct one's gaze towards the outside, emphasizing the beauty of the surroundings. The rooms made of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) contribute to the cozy atmosphere, complemented by Brazilian furniture that favors the use of wood.

Another distinctive design element of the Itamambuca House is the inverted concrete slab. This structural element widens the gaze outward, increasing the viewing angle and creating a subtle but effective impact on the overall atmosphere. However, the dweller stated that it did not affect the general functionality of the house in any way. Instead, it enhanced the connection between the interior and the surrounding environment, reinforcing the sense of being immersed in nature.

Living at Casa Itamambuca is a unique experience, where simplicity, functionality, and a deep connection with nature converge. The architectural design by Gui Mattos creates a harmonious blend of materials and spaces that invite the dweller to appreciate the beauty of the forest and the nearby sea. Itamambuca House stands as a testament to the power of architecture to create a tranquil and inspiring living environment, where memories are made and nature is celebrated.


_article written by Daniela Moreira Silva
_film by Architecture Hunter 
_cover image by Nelson Kon

_drawings by Gui Mattos

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