© Haruo Mikami

Villa BLM // Atria

Brasília, Brazil

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Villa BLM was designed based on climate, existing on site vegetation, low cost maintenance and energy efficiency. Our client aimed to create a comfortable villa during all seasons, simple and abstract. The composition consists in two main brick lined volumes, and one corten steel volume; all connected by a rustic concrete slab.

© Edgard Cesar

© Edgard Cesar

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

The main frontal volume consists in a library of approximately five thousand books from the owner´s private collection. This ephemeral volume is entirely covered with perforated corten steel panels and plays an important role in respect to the villa´s main access. The ‘L’ shape pedestrian pathway surrounding the library volume forces visitors to slowly discover the villa´s private spaces, unveiling the architectural composition step by step. During construction, none of the existing trees were cut.

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

The villa is completely adapted to surround the vegetation. It sculpts the green scenario, integrating architecture and nature, guaranteeing excellent bioclimatic conditions. This symbiosis is dominated by a huge tree, 25 meters high, locate in a type of inner plaza, which is formed by the adjacent constructed volumes. Finishing materials are extremely durable.

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

Brick, natural concrete in floors and ceilings, local marble, rustic painting, everything contributes to a future reality of low maintenance and auto-sustainability.

The house is populated by a great number of art pieces from Brazilian artists such as Marianne Perretti, Rubem Valentim, Antônio Poteiro, Dona Izabel, Geraldo Teles de Oliveira, Glenio Bianchetti, Galeno, among others.

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

The decorating is composed by a few but precious handpicked objects and furniture. The villa inspires purity, intimacy, simplicity and warmth, acting as a real character in its inhabitant’s lives and exerting an amazing transformation power on its visitors..

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami

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