Txai House from Studio MK27 is a masterful example of fine architectural modernism, bringing a whole new meaning to the requisite; a room with a view. Situated a mere 13 metres above sea level, Overseeing the exquisite landscape of Itacaré, Brazil, the 7,000 square foot house offers an entirely unique experience, integrating the natural habitat of the great outdoors with spectacularly modern interior design.
The colored constructions of the local vernacular architecture, as well as the pitched roof mixes well with the precise lines of modern volumes. Located in front of a beautiful beach in the city of Itacaré, in the Brazilian northeast -, the site of House Txai has a wall that reaches 13 meters above sea level. This topographical condition permits that, even with the existing treetops, it is possible to observe a beautiful view of the sea from the site. Furthermore, the lower area is susceptible to a little flooding, thus confirming the implantation of a higher point. The implantation together with the vegetation also created a strong integration with the landscape.
To avoid excessive verticalization and, thereby accommodating the entire program, the house rests on two different levels close to the summit, without the levels overlapping one another. This solution ended up creating an artificial site, as a second nature, which recomposes the original topography, now with the house settled. The materials used in the house are all local. Efforts were made to also have raw finishings that age well in the aggressive tropical coastal climate. In the case of the volumes, in a palate inspired by the local houses, the architecture sought live and pure colors which, when applied on the wooden muxarabis, contributed to the durability of the material to create a thick layer of protection against the sea-mist.
The House Txai offers a radical experience of integration between the inside and out. It is a place where you can drink cocoa water, swing on the hammocks in front of the rooms. The tropical atmosphere of Bahia impregnates all of the spaces and the contact with the garden makes it necessary to use the house, while integrating the trajectories of quotidian life.
The Txai House merges elements of the vernacular colorful Bahian Houses with the precise lines of Brazilian Modern architecture. Located in front of a beautiful beach in the city of Itacaré – in the Brazilian northeast – the site of Txai House reaches 13 meters above the sea level. This topographical condition allowed for, even with the existing treetops, a beautiful view of the coast.
To avoid excessive verticalization and still accommodate the entire necessity program, the house rests on two levels without any pavement overlapping. This solution ended up creating a new artificial configuration for the plot, as a second nature, which recomposes the original topography, now with the house settled.
On the lower floor, we have the living room. With a large veranda, all of the window frames can be entirely recessed. The living room then becomes an open space, protected by a large flat pre-stressed slab. The kitchen is joined to this social area, facing the dining room and contained within a wooden volume that also holds a small utility area and a washroom.
In front of the veranda-living-room, there is an infinity pool and a solarium with chaise-longs. In the back, a patio with vegetation ends up allowing for cross-ventilation in the area. The structural system was modulated in spans of 9.70m by 6.30m, in a rational domino system. On the roof of this first floor there is an open wooden deck with a wonderful view of the sea. On this second floor are also the bedrooms, located under the pitched roof in colorful wooden and stucco volumes.
There is no internal connection from the living room and the kitchen with the bedrooms. The trajectories therefore, are always done from the outside, with the garden as passage. The residents experience the climactic conditions while going from one to the other.
The bathrooms extend outside of the roof and are all opened to the outside, having their own individual gardens defined by walls, like patios. The doors in front of the rooms look out to a generous 2.5m-wide veranda where the hammocks rest on the recycled wood roof. The mashrabiya doors – a wooden latticed element, traditional in modern and colonial Brazilian architecture – shade the interior of the bedrooms, allowing the breeze to pass; and they can remain completely open for complete control of the interior light.
The materials used in the house are all local. Efforts were made to also have raw finishings that age well in the aggressive tropical coastal climate. In the case of the volumes, using a color chart inspired by the local houses, the architecture sought live and pure colors which, when applied on the wooden mashrabiya, contributes to the durability of the material in creating a thick layer of protection against the salt air.
The House Txai offers a radical experience of integration between the inside and out. It is a place to drink coconut water, swaying in the hammocks. The tropical atmosphere of Bahia impregnates all of the spaces and the contact with the garden is necessary in order to use the house, as it integrates the trajectories of quotidian life.
Project name: Txai House
Location: Itacaré, Bahia, Brazil
Coordinates: -14.378943, -39.010520
- Type By Characteristic: Contemporary House, Holiday House, Luxury House
- Type By Site: Hill House, Beach House
- Type By Size: Big House – (451 sqm – 650 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Concrete House
Project Area: 640 sqm
Completion Year: 2014
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Studio MK27 – Alameda Tietê, 505 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo – SP, 01417-020 Brazil
Design Architect: Marcio Kogan
Design Team: Carolina Castroviejo, Gabriel kogan
Project Team: Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Paula Sertório
Text Description: © Courtesy of Studio MK27
Images: © Fernando Guerra FG+SG