Vivian Coser Arquitetos Associados: Winner of International Residential Architecture Awards 2021. Cerejeira’s Residence is a project of a “refuge house”, which the main focus was the integration of construction into the natural environment, reducing the visual impacts that architecture can cause in relation to the surroundings. For that purpose, the priority was to use natural materials such as stones, woods, as well as the green roof. The house values open and integrated spaces, aimed at better appreciating the view of nature. Therefore, just seeing nature would not bring the desired experience; it was necessary to integrate it into the construction. For this, spaces were designed that function as “green breaths” and help to create a biophilic experience with the house architecture. These spaces are characterized by gardeners, one of which is a winter at the social part of the house. Beside the garden, there is also a water mirror with fish, which further enhances this experience of approaching and loving nature.
In terms of sustainability, the project encompasses several technologies, always focusing on reducing the impact on nature. The roofs have a green roof, which favors the thermal-acoustic comfort of the building, promoting milder temperatures and a low noise transmission index. It also promotes rainwater harvesting, reducing the possibility of collapse in the drainage system and enabling reuse of rainwater. The installation of photovoltaic plates in the structure allows the generation of solar energy capturing clean energy.
The facade with glass doors encourages natural lighting in most of the social area of the house, in addition to the green lung helping in the entry of natural lighting from the skylight. The difference in height between the two blocks of the house creates a natural ventilation current, implying even more in thermal comfort.
As for the solar orientation, the main facade of the house faces north, so the solar path does not harm the glass curtains creating a heat oven, and the long overhang also guarantees this. The pool is facing the northeast, as well as sunshine throughout the day. Due to the slope of the land, the surrounding vegetation does not cause shading in the pool.
The layout of the house reflects the resident’s expectations, a space to receive friends and family throughout the year, prepared for both climatic extremes, winter and summer. Thus, internal and external social areas were prioritized, planned in an integrated manner to allow this connection between users and their comfort. In this way, there is the possibility of integrate the intimate with the social part, using doors that are fully retracted, leaving the entire corridor open to the lounge and pool. To ensure that all social and intimate environments had the best view of the landscape, an “L” shape plant was designed, allowing the social and intimate area to be interconnected.
Vivian Coser Arquitetos Associados
Residência das Cerejeiras
Vivian Coser Sette Ferraço
International Residential Architecture Awards Category
Private Housing Concept
Vivian Coser, Diego Pandolfi, Indiara Barbieri, Fabiano Sargnalia and Isabella Barbosa
Founded in 2006, Vivian Coser Arquitetos Associados consists of a multidisciplinary team of architects and designers headquartered in São Paulo and Espírito Santo. A member of the Green Building Council, the studio is dedicated to detail, creative expression and prioritizes connection with nature.
Our inspirations are the unique integration of cultural experiences from around the world and on the relentless pursuit of sharpening our vision for creating unique and exclusive projects. Focused on excelence, the studio develops innovative solutions to integrate architecture and natural environment, signing projects that aim to implement biophilic and sustainable concepts.