Night View of Casa Raposa

© Tom Burkewitz | Courtesy of FORM Bureau

Designed in 2017 by the architecture firm FORM Bureau, Casa Raposa is a tropical hut for a surfers family hidden on the Atlantic ocean’s shore between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.

Casa Raposa Technical Information

  • Architects: FORM Bureau
  • Architects Team: Olga Treivas, Vera Odyn, Polina Nenasheva, Arman Najarian
  • Client: Private
  • Location: Ubatuba, Brazil
  • Typology: Residential / Houses
  • Materials: Thatched Roof, Concrete
  • Area: 400 m2
  • 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
Casa Raposa in Ubatuba Beach view

© Tom Burkewitz | Courtesy of FORM Bureau

Corner Detail Casa Raposa in Ubatuba / FORM Bureau

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Interior View | Casa Raposa in Ubatuba / FORM Bureau

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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 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 that resemble traditional colonial style windows. It is the central axis for two doubled-up roofs of palm leaves arranged just like 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 in 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
Axonometric View of Casa Raposa in Brazil

Axonometric View | Courtesy of FORM Bureau

Ground Floor Plan of Casa Raposa

Ground Floor Plan | Courtesy of FORM Bureau

Mezzanine Floor Plan Casa Raposa by Form Architects

Mezzanine Floor Plan | Courtesy of FORM Bureau

Second Floor Plan | Courtesy of FORM Bureau

Second Floor Plan | Courtesy of FORM Bureau

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About FORM Bureau

FORM bureau is an architecture practice founded in Moscow in 2011 by architects Vera Odyn & Olga Treivas.
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