Unusual Tiny Home in the Brazilian Rainforest

Be inspired by nature!

Arca high tech | Protegida da insolação pelas árvores, a casa é suspensa por pilotis de concreto, sem contato direto com a umidade do solo, e é acessada por escada demadeira. Na cobertura, dois exaustores industriais compõemo sistema de ventilação natural, levando o ar quente para fora. A casa orgânica e futurista é criação do dono, o arquiteto Marko Brajovic. Serra da Bocaina - Paraty - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil. 30/08/2015. Foto: Victor Affaro / Editora Globo.

The humid forest of Brazil’s Costa Verde is the setting for this unusual small house. Nicknamed“Arca” (“Ark”) by the locals for

its resemblance to an overturned vessel, the arched house was built as a getaway by architect Marko Brajovic. He designed it

as a place where small groups could go to relax or to work while inspired by nature.

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Wanting to minimize site disturbance, the architect started with a prefabricated metal building

typically used for storage or industrial purposes.

This particular building was designed to be

assembled by hand, and it took only a week to complete the shell on the concrete pier foundation.

Because of the arched design of this amazing tiny home, the shell of the cabin is entirely self-

supporting, there are no support columns to impose any constraints on the interior layout. In

addition, since the end walls are non-structural, the architect could fully glaze both ends of the

cabin with a grid of aluminum-framed windows and sliding doors. This makes the openness to the

beauty of its surroundings quite lovely.

O espaço de convivência tem uma visão ampla da mata através dos vidros, de 85 x 85 cm, na esquadria de alumínio, que chega a medir mais 5m na parte mais alta da semiabóboda. A casa orgânica e futurista é criação do dono, o arquiteto Marko Brajovic. Serra da Bocaina - Paraty - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil. 30/08/2015. Foto: Victor Affaro / Editora Globo.

Rio de Janeiro - Brasil. 30/08/2015. Foto: Victor Affaro / Editora Globo.

 

Because it was designed with industrial components, the architect has warmed up the look with

Eucalyptus boards on all the interior walls.

There are two bedrooms and bathroom facilities which are partitioned off along the sides of the

781 square foot floor plan. The ‘roofs’ of these side rooms could potentially be used as sleeping

lofts as well, extending the usefulness of this tiny home. The center was left as an open living and

work space with a ceiling nearly 5 m (16′) high. When the house is being used for a working

retreat, the beds fold up into couches so the bedrooms can become office spaces or breakout

rooms.

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A-frames, arched buildings and similar structures where the roof comes down to the ground on

both sides often suffer from a cave or tunnel effect from having large windows on the ends and few

if any on the sides. Here the architect avoided that by keeping the end-to-end of the cabin distance

shorter than the width. It would be cheaper to get the same floor area in a shell that is longer and

narrower, due to the reduced span, but that wouldn’t make for as livable a home.

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The building doesn’t appear to have insulation, however the manufacturer claims that the

Galvalume panels (alloy coated sheet steel) are very effective at reflecting the sun’s heat. The floor

is raised above the ground, allowing breezes to flow both under and through the tiny house. A pair

of wind-driven roof turbine vents also pull out hot air. This is a magical tiny home and one that

would really be a beautiful nature retreat.

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Company Small House Bliss
Website Link: http://smallhousebliss.com/2015/11/04/atelier-marko-brajovic-arca/
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