Taperá Residence/

Victor B. Ortiz Architecture


Project Details



Paraty, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil



Year (Design/Construction):

2021 / -

Area (Net/Gross):

- / 700 m2
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • The house takes advantage of natural lighting and ventilation.
  • Its green roof improves thermal and acoustic insulation of the building and also contributes to greater retention of rainwater.

Project description as provided by the Architects:

Designed using the ancient indigenous “Taperá style” as a reference, usually characterized by being a visually simple home, with open walls and simple enclosures, this residence translates that concept to contemporaneity, using natural lighting and ventilation to its advantage.

Separated in three levels, the topmost being the main entrance and social level, hosting a living room, dining area, social kitchen and service kitchen, guest bathroom and a breakfast room. The intermediate level encloses all three suites, with floor to ceiling windows towards the roof openings and laterals.
Lastly the bottom level is the social terrace, with a home-theater, an outdoor dining area, and a glass-enclosed living room.

The sleek, thin light-weight metallic curved roof unites all of the separate volumes while bringing vegetation to the interior of the house for a more intimate nature-driven experience. The openings also bring light to the interior, minimizing the need for artificial lighting. Natural local timber is used all throughout the house not only with some of the furniture, but for all of the glazing structure.

Throughout the house, the furniture and architecture design flow as one, creating an exciting and unified design language. The columns for example, follow the wood joinery of traditional furniture design, minimizing the use of hardware and maximizing the integration between architecture and mobile interior elements.

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