Villa BLM embraces simplicity and abstraction. ATRIA Arquitetos faced a series of constraints and challenges in designing the Brazilian home. It needed to blend cohesively with the existing landscape, keeping all vegetation and trees intact, while being energy efficient and well-suited to the local climate.
The end result is a comfortable and contemporary residence that makes unique use of materials. The geometric front facade of the home is made of Cor-Ten steel, segregated into eight vertical panels that contrast nicely with the lush natural environment. The panels filter light when closed and can also be opened to dramatically change the appearance of the front facade.
The heart of the home is the library, which houses the owner’s expansive collection of 5,000 books. The library’s entrance features massive panels made of tropical freijó wood that rotate open for a theatrical effect. The living room can also be kept open to the elements, or sectioned off with sliding glass walls.
Throughout the home, both interior and exterior, an alluring palette of mixed materials appears. The use of steel, brick, marble and concrete against the luscious green backdrop creates a striking statement.