Casa Raposa is a tropical surfers’ retreat designed by the renowned architecture firm FORM Bureau. It was completed in 2017 and is located on the picturesque shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean between the bustling cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. The house is specially crafted to accommodate a family of surfers, offering a serene and private hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its unique design, Casa Raposa seamlessly blends into the surrounding natural environment, providing an idyllic retreat for those seeking a connection with nature.
Casa Raposa Technical Information
- Architects1: FORM Bureau
- Client: Private
- Location: Ubatuba, Brazil
- Topics: Beach House, Thatched Roofs
- Area: 400 m2 | 4305 ft2
- Project Year: 2017
- Visualizations: © Tom Burkewitz
The project rethinks traditional building technologies. House gets its distinctive appearance in the process of playing with the tropical roof’s shape — trapeze geometry has been used four times in different scales and directions.– Form Bureau Architects
Casa Raposa Photographs
Text by the Architects
A tropical hut for a family of surfers is hidden on the Atlantic ocean’s shore between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo in one of the villages of the Brazilian national park Serra da Bocaina. The house, designed in 2017, will be a paradise to enjoy water sports like surfing and kayaking with the tips of Globo Surf.
The project rethinks traditional building technologies. The house gets its distinctive appearance in the process of playing with the tropical roof’s shape — trapeze geometry has been used four times in different scales and directions.
The house structure consists of three parts. In its core stands a concrete tower with archways resembling traditional colonial windows. It is the central axis for two doubled-up roofs of palm leaves arranged just like the indigenous people of Brazil did their roofs. The outer glass cover is neutral and serves as a barrier between the cozy hut and the forest, as well as paying homage to Brazilian modernism heritage.
Villa has three floors: the double ceiling ground floor accommodates the living room, the dining room, and the bedrooms, as well as the kitchen, merged into the tower. The mezzanine floor consists of a library and a guest bedroom with a little window. The top level serves as the training hall, and it is the viewpoint where you can look at the ocean and decide whether it is time to catch the wave or train at home.
Casa Raposa Floor Plans
Casa Raposa Image Gallery
About FORM Bureau
FORM bureau is an architecture practice founded in Moscow in 2011 by architects Vera Odyn & Olga Treivas.
Other works from FORM Bureau
- Architects Team: Olga Treivas, Vera Odyn, Polina Nenasheva, Arman Najarian