Güths House

Located in a suburban residential area near Brasilia, ARQBR designed this architecturally unique home to serve a family’s desire for leisure and hosting during a weekend away.

  • area / size 7,319 sqft
  • Year 2017
  • Location Brasilia, Brazil,
  • Type House,
  • The clients’ wish was to have a three hundred square meter ground level house built, focused on common and leisure areas, initially for weekends and celebrations.

    The layout is a result of organizing the building site’s occupation, as well as the positioning of the areas in the program, with two main volumes. Private spaces were organized in the linear volume, while the wider-shaped one received all the common areas. Their positioning allows for the creation of a reserved backyard for leisure activities.

    The façades’ composition reveals the level of privacy of each space: the concrete’s opacity corresponds to the more private areas; the partial transparency of the slatted timber panels reveals the common spaces, and the open leisure areas have void itself as its defining element.

    The brief was for a one-story weekend house for a family of four and potential guests, with approximately 300 square meters, prioritizing common and leisure spaces.

    The building site’s reduced area and shape were the main challenges to be overcome, once the brief required a one-story occupation while preserving the largest possible green area.

    The optimized layout of the program into two volumes – one to house the common areas, and a more private one – allowing for the creation of a leisure backyard, which physically and visually integrates all spaces.

    Design: ARQBR
    Photography: Joana França, Haruo Mikami