Marchetti Bonetti - Chale in Floripa

Marchetti Bonetti
Chale in Floripa

This little cabana on the beach is quite different to the houses I normally post. It's a old twist on the supposedly new prefab movement and gives you an idea about what Brazil is up to in this arena. The owners wanted a little place of their own down the hill from their parents larger summer house.

Attending a local show, Casa Cor, a home decorating show that happened to have a couple of pine kitset chales cabanas on display, they chatted to the architect about opening the place up a little to bring in the views of their location. This was the result - a two unit, one bedroom house. The bathroom was constructed of bricks and rendered, whilst two floor pads were laid out for the bedroom and living, dining, kitchen area. The later being raised on poles to provide a spot for the hammock underneath to relax in after a dip in the tepid summer waters of southern Brazil. The notes on this house are from a great magazine I used to buy on every trip to Brazil. Arquitetura e Construcao, which features their latest modern residential designs. Notes below.

My translation:

A Successful Rebuild.

A good idea can be repeated and work a second time, and that's what happened with this chalé, transported direct from the sample stands to a Catarinense beach. In 2003, husband and wife were in Casa Cor Santa Catarina and ifell in love with the stands environment, inspired by the bungalows of French Polynesia. They had discovered that the authors of the project, the pair Giovani Bonetti and Adriana Marchetti Bonetti, had conceived the cabanas as a coffee lounge the ydecided there and then to turn this coffe lounge into their own private beach retreat. "It lacked the interested party", says Giovani. What followed was a transposition that modified the original very little. The new land - an almost deserted beach in the outskirts of Florianópolis - was not as flat as the show home display area, but an incline. "We prepared a flagstone of concrete supported in pilars to level out this unevenness while the exposition still happened", the architects explain. On this base came the masonry blocks to support the two washbasin and bathroom areas along with the chalés two wooden original rooms. The carpenters of the first assembly (guided by the company that supplied the pínes and developed the constructive system) assemble the house on its new site in just 45 days. The result, remembers to the projected environment for Casa Cor, whose inspiration was the family of Schürmann navigators - now the boat is anchored in a real scene of beauty.

Steven Ehrlich Architects - 700 Palms Residence

Steven Ehrlich Architects
700 Palms Residence

Here's a house from one of my no so frequented favourites Plot Cad Box.

They feature updated on residential design every now and then, all in Italian. Great for a stare and Babelfish helps a lot for the words that aren't familiar to me in Portuguese or Spanish.
The open planned nature of this house appeals to me as does the use of rusty steel (seems to be a theme this week). Separated into two blocks a guest/garage wing and the main house have a nicely protected courtyard in between. Down the side of the main residence is the lap pool that has those large orange and red retractable shades hanging above. Vaguely reminds me of Christo and Jean Claude’s The Gates.

The bottom level has huge picture doors that open right up to let the breeze flow through. Like yesterday's post there's that dark concrete flooring featuring again. I think this time the: rug, warm wood bookshelf, the use of oranges and wood on the staircase, all lift the temperature visually. It's still pretty industrial, but that's what it's about.

The layout works wonders.
Lesson 1: A solid north facing wall that doesn't get sun doesn't need to have huge windows in it.
From there, the kitchen takes a north east position, perfect for catching sun through the eastern windows as you wait at the sink for the kettle to boil. The dining room also gets morning sun, but falls into shade during noon, peak sun, and would get setting sun through the trees at the end of the living room.
Right of the kitchen dining area are the living and library, through which you head upstairs to a mezzanine floor with what seems to be a bedroom and study at either end of a corridor running the length of the front of the house. They each have windows into the main living area, which is double height, and also out to the sun.
Passing across the glass floor you head up again to the master bedroom, and study with commanding views, perhaps out to the nearby Pacific Ocean and check out that huge walk in wardrobe!!!!

My Favourite Points:
- The solid rear wall with a fireplace in it (with a wetback, that whole wall could be warmed into a giant radiator in winter).
- The huge windows, only Arthur Casas' house in Santana de Parnaíba has a larger opening. I'll try to post this soon, along with some Isay Weinfeld.
- Lap pools rock.
- The innovative use of industrial materials that is still warm and inviting to live in.


Notes on the project from Steven's site:

700 Palms Residence, Venice, CA, USA

The 700 Palms Residence, completed in 2003, addresses the freedoms and constraints of residential design in Venice. By maximizing volume, light and privacy on a narrow lot with sensitivity to scale and context, the design presents raw, honest materials appropriate to the grittiness of the Venice environment. The house dissolves the barriers between indoors and out, creating flexible spaces that take advantage of the benign climate.The house expresses a counterpoint between a sense of harmony and tranquility with flowing, dynamic spaces. Flexibility and transformation are fully realized through the use of a wood-and-steel frame structure, enclosed and shielded for privacy by a roll-down scrim hung on a skeletal steel frame.As sustainability was a major concern, the design integrates concrete flooring to absorb the sun’s warmth in the winter, operable windows and large sliding doors to facilitate natural ventilation and low-maintenance recycled materials.

Andreas Von Einsiedel

I love these colorful photographs by Andreas Von Einsiedel. I especially love the shot of the stairs. Isn't that gorgeous?

Jackson Aaron

is a Interior Design firm run by Lisa Jackson and Catherine Aaron. They have gorgeous vintage furniture featured on her website. These are some of my favorites.

Sebastian Mariscal - House in Valle de Guadalupe

Sebastian Mariscal
House in Valle de Guadalupe

Came across this number on one of my daily digs at
I love how this place is all departmentalised. Living dining separated from the sleeping area by the pool and breeze space/dog-trot. The focal piece, that long solid stone clad wall would be a great temperature regulator and anchors the house well. The multi color cubes are also nice, the hues combine well.
Repeating myself, I really like this layout! I wonder if I could twist it a little........

Some thoughts:
These are some ideas I have, probably could be dismissed because they're not what this house is about which is minimalism and clean long lines.
I think instead of pebbles/dirt, it could do with a little grass or foliage. Perhaps even more succulents closer to the house, to take the hard edge off the concrete and iron finishes. Also, that polished concrete floor in the living room, practical and regulates heat well, but could do with a bit of colour to liven up the place. I've seen plenty of houses with earthy tinted concrete. And I realise they're all around, but how about bringing the grapevines in and along the roof to break up the white stripes.

Notes from
House in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico. Built: 2004.

First house built on a plot of land shared by six friends, surrounded by grape vines, 70 miles south of San Diego…. The house’s standout features: a 177 foot long, 10 foot tall rock wall made from locally quarried stone, a 24 foot long pocket door which completely opens the living area to the outdoors, a corrugated Zincalume wing/roof that extends outward from the wall, and a 3 story polycarbonate-walled tower (guest room, studio, roof deck).

Via: Sebastian Mariscal,

I've been tagged

Thanks to the talented Joy at Of Amity & Allure I've been tagged. I am supposed to say 7 random things about myself and tag 7 more fellow bloggers. Here they are, some of my most common habits. They are nothing but normal stuff.

1-I can’t go to bed without taking a shower especially if I have ridden the subway.

2-I’ve been drinking espressos since I was 7 years old that’s why my days don’t start until I have my cup of espresso.

3-I still watch TV in bed with my mom and my sister every time we can.

4-Even when I’ve been to more than 20 different countries, after 9/11 I can’t take an Airplane without taking a sleeping pill. Seriously I have to be sleeping the entire time. My hubby and I are thinking how is it going to be when we have to travel with our children. Sigh… just the thought of getting on one of those without my miracle over the counter sleeping pills frightens me.

5-I laugh at magazines when they want to impose trendy stuff. I don’t follow rules to decorate or to wear. I think we should all use what we like and makes us happy. Especially when it comes to weddings.

6-I went out with my Hubby for 3 months before the first kiss happened. And I have to confess that it happened because I asked him. Do you have any problem? As a smart man he understood where I was coming from.

7-Since I am a rule breaker I will only tag 5 people who may have been tagged before already.

Laura B at Poof you are a frog
Cassandra at Coco Kelly
Modern Girl Style
Di at Designers Block.

An optimist is the human personification of spring.
Susan J. Bissonette

I have exiting news to share with you. I have re-opened my online vintage furniture store, which was closed a few months ago with the purpose of adding more functionality to the website. The website is not ready yet but I have decided in the meantime to sell part of the merchandise at Vintage and Modern Inc. You can see them here or on the the picture on the top right corner. Enjoy.

Jo Tyler

I love her work. See more here.


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