Loft Celmar was inspired by the snail's home serving as a refuge, just as human homes that provide a sanctuary.

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_project: Loft Celmar | Casacor SP 2023
_architecture: Très Arquitetura
_cabinetry: Celmar Móveis
_location: São Paulo, Brazil

Nature and architecture share an intricate relationship that transcends the observable boundaries of physical structures. Architects often source inspiration from the natural world, manifesting the symbiotic interplay between the two spheres into sustainable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing designs. The ability to look beyond the conventional and draw inspiration from the organic forms, patterns, and processes in nature is an essential facet of biophilic design, a trending approach that fuses the innate human connection to nature with architectural elements.

One project that embodies this principle is the Loft Celmar, designed by Très Arquitetura for CASACOR São Paulo 2023. This innovative project reflects the symbiosis of architecture and nature, seeking to create a dwelling that becomes an integral part of the occupants, much like the Aruá-do-mato snail from the Atlantic Forest that carries its home wherever it goes.

The 120 m² loft features a living space, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and balcony, delivering a sanctuary-like ambience. Drawing inspiration from the unique life and color-changing characteristics of the Aruá-do-mato snail, the palette is a harmonious blend of earthy, rosy, and white tones, representing the snail's hues throughout its life and the colors commonly found in humid forests.

Landscaping is an essential part of the Loft Celmar design, bringing in the lush native vegetation of the Atlantic Forest, the snail's natural habitat. It showcases how architecture can not only coexist but also thrive symbiotically with the environment, fostering a holistic and biophilic architectural expression.

Nature is not just an aesthetic template but a guide to an ecosystem's principles of endurance, adaptability, and resourcefulness. Through the integration of biophilic elements, like in the Loft Celmar project, architecture can function as more than a built environment. It can provide a livable, human-centered space that strengthens the relationship between nature and humans while showcasing respect and appreciation for the earth's natural systems.

This symbiotic bond offers a powerful framework for future architectural endeavors, encouraging sustainability, resilience, and a renewed focus on human wellness. It represents a paradigm shift in architectural design, where nature is not merely a backdrop, but a fundamental building block, and it demonstrates how architecture can echo the beauty and functionality inherent in the natural world. The Loft Celmar is not just a dwelling; it is a testament to the limitless potential of nature-inspired architecture.


_written by Daniela Moreira Silva
_film by Architecture Hunter
_cover image by MCA Estúdio
_drawing by Très Arquitetura:

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