▎Nature Through a Soulful Palette of Natural Materials Such as Wood, Rattan, and Linen, Handcrafted Details has Further Underscored the Project’s Intimate Connection and Beautifully Framed Views of the Surroundings
▏Located in Guarujá, a coastal town near São Paulo renowned for its plethora of sandy beaches, this recently completed summer residence is a serene sanctuary, snugly ensconced in lush vegetation on a steep hillside above the Atlantic Ocean. Spanning five stories and clad in timber louvres, the building is the work of Brazilian architect David Bastos, whose tree house-like design harmoniously blends into the natural landscape. Commissioned to create the property’s interiors, São Paulo-based interior designer Marina Salles has further underscored the project’s intimate connection with nature through a soulful palette of natural materials such as wood, rattan, and linen, handcrafted details, and beautifully framed views of the surroundings. More than just a holiday house, this is a refuge to escape to from the frenzy of city life, and connect with both loved ones and nature.
The residence unfolds across five levels in response to the property’s steep incline. The social areas are situated at the top to take advantage of the panoramic views above the tree canopy of the dense Atlantic Forest, while the private quarters are located on the lower floors where greater tranquillity can be found amid the tropical vegetation. The top floor is wrapped in glass, offering unobstructed views, whereas the lower levels are clad in slat panels made of Cumaru wood, also known as Brazilian Teak, a hardwood known for its remarkable durability, owing to its high density and natural oils.
▏Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glazing on three sides, the open-plan living and dining area on are dominated by panoramic views of the lush coastal landscape and the ocean looming in the distance. Sliding patio doors, which can be completely retracted, enable the space to merge seamlessly with the adjacent terrace, sun deck and pool area, blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior, deepening the residents’ connection with nature. This connection is further enhanced by a palette of earthy hues and natural materials such as wicker, rattan, rope and linen along with the extensive use of wood, seen in the wood-panelled walls and ceilings to the wood-framed windows and wooden furniture, including pieces custom-designed for the project by Salles and handcrafted by Brazilian carpenters.
▏The bespoke designs are combined with family heirlooms, items found in local markets and pieces by contemporary Brazilian and international designers such as Fernando Prado for Dpot and Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The furniture was chosen as much for its aesthetics as for its durability and low maintenance, considering the challenges of the coastal climate with a focus on solid wood and waterproof fabrics for both indoor and outdoor pieces. To avoid disturbing the surrounding views, Salles refrained from introducing any pendant lamps for the large dining table she designed, opting instead for a slim ceiling light by Brazilian lighting design studio Lightworks, which references Brazil’s traditional fishing boats.
▏On the rooftop, an outdoor lounge offers the most breathtaking, unobstructed views, enhanced by the absence of a solid balustrade, giving the impression that you are floating above the treetops. The panoramic coastal vistas in the social areas give way to more intimate views from the bedrooms on the lower floors enveloped as they are by lush vegetation. Natural materials continue to dominate the interior palette alongside shades of beige, green and blue that echo the natural surroundings while the wooden slat balustrades and folding shutters, protecting the floor-to-ceiling windows, imbue the rooms with a cocooning sense of serenity and tranquillity.
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