Glass House / Ângela Roldão Arquitetura
Photographs: Jomar Braganza
Manufacturers: Abatjour d’Arte, Amilcar de Castro, Daniel Mansour, Fernando Lucchesi, Inne Móveis, JR Moveis, Marie-Camille, Mharmaros, Micheliny Martins Móveis, Miguel aun, Niura Bellavinha, Persianas and Idéias, Templuz, Vallvee
Text description provided by the architects. Located in a gated community in the neighborhood of Casa Branca, Brumadinho, next to Inhotim (Museum of Arts) and very close to the city of Belo Horizonte. The area is part of the Rola Moça Park, a huge nature reserve, classified, full of rivers, waterfalls and trails. The floor plan, succinct, with no wasted spaces, gives the impression of a building much larger than it actually is.
The desire of a client who has adopted a minimalist lifestyle and who enjoys gardening, nature and is an amateur musician. He loves to play the drums! It took a lifetime to locate the small house to save the existing trees and vegetation as much as possible! A rapid construction, which was carried out with a small team. Almost a dry construction. The calculation which made a structure full of overhangs which gives lightness to the construction, was extremely important. The house consists of two modules of 6x12m (maximum size of the steel bar), one module of 3×12, plus the balcony, so as not to waste material. Steel is sold by the kilo.
The Glass House is a simple construction. Metal framed aluminum window frames, glass, exposed concrete closures, techno-cement flooring and porcelain tiles in the bathrooms define the space and capture the surrounding landscape in its splendor. It’s almost a treehouse!