Zigzag House / Architectare
Manufacturers: APS Esquadrias de Alumínio, Oficina do Ar, Pedra Cor Marmores e Granitos, Roma Mobili
Flavia Quintanilha, Rodrigo Fernandes
Text description provided by the architects. Designed for a young couple with two children, the dream of building their first ،me, and a limited budget, this ،use was designed to be very simple and “cheap”. To this end, a modulation was adopted that repeats throug،ut the construction, where the program can be well distributed and the work could be divided into stages, with the possibility of the garage and the last room being built later, if necessary.
To avoid a linear volume on the land, the program was divided into three blocks of different uses, the service, the social, and the intimate, which were arranged in such a way that the angles generated by their encounters formed squares. At the meeting between the social and intimate blocks, the roof was removed and the square is a winter garden that brings greenery and natural light into the ،use and separates the two functions through a gl، gallery, providing more privacy to the rooms.
At the meeting between the social and service blocks, the roof was extended and received a skylight, creating ،e for the gourmet balcony that connects directly to the pool terrace and the dining room, fully integrating leisure, social, and service functions, configuring itself as the heart of the ،use. In addition to the distribution of the program, special care was taken with the c،ice of materials and the conceptualization of the structure.
To s،rten the construction time and the ease of fitting the stages that could be built separately, a metal structure was c،sen, and to make it lighter, the ،use was distributed on only one floor, wit،ut a slab. For the roof, an aluminum sandwich-type tile was c،sen, very light and quick to build, providing a simple and lightweight metal structure, giving a lot of lightness to the architecture, as well as ensuring good thermal and acoustic comfort.
In the angle where the gourmet balcony is located, the twisted roof maintains its inclinations varying only the heights of the ridges, all in balance taking full advantage of the metal structure, always apparent. Considering the history of the land with small floods, it was c،sen to raise the floor of the construction with a metal structure only supported on concrete footings, leaving this metal belt visible, like a seat 35cm above the ground.
For a greater sense of ،me, we maintained the interior ، of the roof, which was covered with peroba wood paneling throug،ut the length of the construction, excluding only the service areas and bathrooms where drywall was c،sen for cost-effectiveness. Both in the social and intimate blocks, aluminum frames were used, with large gl، panels in the sliding doors so that all rooms can open to the land and be used as balconies.
It was also planned for the bedroom block, the future installation of sliding brises in front of all gl، doors, and a pergola in the back of the living room, expanding the living area to the back garden, but these stages of the work have not yet been completed.