Built in the city of Nova Lima, Brazil, the Vale dos Cristais residence is located on an uphill terrain. Due to the house's linear proportions, the construction harmonizes with the landscape without interfering with its original topography.
The residence has three levels: the underground, the ground floor, and the first floor. The spa and the sauna are located on the underground level; the kitchen, laundry, and the living rooms are on the ground floor, and the bedrooms are on the first floor.
In order to get a view of the valley and more sunlight, the social area is all in glass, facing the east and protected by a terrace. The living area facing the north also has a view of the valley and gets plenty of afternoon sunlight. As the priority of the project is the outdoor area (leisure area), the architecture provides proportions to the outside, highlighting this area.
Starting from some basic assumptions and solving them through design, the project takes advantage of the beautiful view as well as the harmony with the landscape. The project also prioritizes maximizing sunlight and ventilation and, finally, the integration between the interior and exterior areas.