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Classic Home 062

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Exterior overview of Classic Home 062, Casa das Canoas by Oscar Niemeyer, Architect. Image: David Owen, ArchitectureWeek

This house near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was designed by the architect for himself. Nestled on a dramatic site between two hills, this four-bedroom, four-bath home commands an impressive down-slope view. To maintain these views, most of the private spaces are situated below ground, while floor-to-ceiling glass walls predominate in the common spaces at ground level. Ample patio space surrounds the curvaceous main floor, reinforcing a close relationship with the landscape. Meanwhile, a free-form flat roof offers shade and definition to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Among the unique features of this house is the integration of a massive, immovable boulder that straddles an exterior wall, simultaneously forming one side of the interior stairwell and helping to enclose the patio swimming pool. The boulder's shape also mimics the form of one of the hills nearby. As interior finish materials, wood, stone, and concrete are used with great effect to differentiate spaces.

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Main floor plan.
Oscar Niemeyer, Architect.

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Lower floor plan.
Oscar Niemeyer, Architect.

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