Casa Biblioteca, a design by Atelier Branco Arquitetura, is located in the small forest town of Vinhedo in Brazil. The assignment came from a Brazilian philosopher who wanted a quiet place to read and think and to house his impressive book collection.
Atelier Branco Arquitetura in Sao Paulo built a temporary refuge between Sao Paulo and Campinas for the renowned political scientist and professor at the State University. It became a place of dreaminess and contemplation where the man could work in peace, away from the hectic centre of Brazil. The 200-square-metre site is located in an open area between Mata Atlantica, the Atlantic forest that stretches across the country.
It became a place of dreaminess and contemplation where the man could work in peace.
The base of the house is formed by two concrete slabs and form the main structure. The framework is supported by eight slender columns that are characteristic of the interior. The Mondrian-style glass facades make the building one with the green surroundings in which it is located.
Casa Biblioteca's space has no partitions, which gives the impression of a tree house, but one where all domestic functions are present. Atelier Branco Arquitetura made use of level differences that are connected via built-in stairs. The second level of the house has a large built-in bookcase that takes up the entire length and contains the impressive book collection. In this way, the collection literally becomes the centre of the house.
The second level of the house has a large built-in bookcase that takes up the entire length and contains the impressive book collection.
The clean lines of the building contrast beautifully in the rolling, wooded landscape of Vinhedo. The concrete overhangs form a prominent ledge that reinforces the brutal aesthetics and protects the main living space from the bright sunlight. Striking is the roof that is covered with timber in herringbone motive. The roof deck is accessible via a small staircase and can thus be used as a quiet terrace in a heavenly environment.