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Brazil is a large and diverse country: the jungle, where lots of wild monkeys are interspersed with bustling metropolises; ancient churches of the colonization times coexist with of the masterpieces of Oscar Niemeyer; carnival rhythms replaced by team fight songs of football fans. But among all this diversity and bustle there is a quiet oasis in the Tijuca forest – a house built by architect Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa for a businessman.

House in Rio de Janeiro by Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa

House in Rio de Janeiro designed by Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa

House in Rio de Janeiro designed by Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa

You can hardly believe, that the bustling Rio de Janeiro is close to this place. It is a quite, blooming and light house. Every room in the house has a view of the places of interest. Lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas and Copacabana can be seen from the bedroom; Statue of Christ can be seen from the dining room on the ground.

Flexible house plan with high doors and sliding glass walls allows deliberately neutral interior to merge with the lush green surroundings. The house stands on a plot of four and a half acres. The house has three floors, and its living area is over 20,000 ft2.

On the first level there is a conference room (the host likes to invite business partners); a huge living room with panoramic views; a kitchen, which is complemented by another area and sitting room for watching TV. The second floor is occupied by “residence” of the host: a bedroom, an office and a wellness center. There is a pool on the roof. The host starts every morning with swimming.

The interior in the house is quite strict: white walls; a minimum of furniture; some laconic works of art, like Adriano de Acuna installation at the entrance. His work is a glass panel, which over its length changes from green to deep blue that symbolizes the transition from the green garden to the blue Atlantic Ocean.

The main charm of the home interiors is in the proportions and the play of light and shadows.  The most important things for the architect in every project are light, space and peace. In this case, Jungle insulate the house from the slightest hint of urban noise. As for the light, Indio da Costa wanted it to be distributed throughout the house in a calm and gentle way. Due to deep sheds of the roof and shutters of the Brazil nut the room gets only diffused light.

In his youth Indio da Costa dreamed of becoming a great artist. Today his architectural studio is one of the most famous in Brazil. And there is a feeling that in this project, he joined childhood dreams and adult achievement: this house looks like a three-dimensional art object, where you can live freely.

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