Glass House Residential by Cristina Menezes

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Glass House

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Residential

INSPIRATION:
This project is a house totally built with Reflective Laminated Glass to attend the desire of the clients, a young couple, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. They were looking for a small house like a loft completely integrated to the nature! They also asked for a house with a short time of building; low coast; with flexibility for future modifications; with the possibility of mobility and with the precepts of sustainability for all construction. So, the inspiration for this design came from the desire of the clients.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This project is a house totally built with Reflective Laminated Glass in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. It is a house with a short time of building; low coast; with the possibility of mobility and with the precepts of sustainability. This project provides architecture with the principles of living small; of full integration with nature; of sustainability and of mobility. The design guarantee the respect to the nature and the relationship with the landscape.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
For future modifications, the design was based in modules and the glass was glued at the structure to assure flexibility without losing materials. The use of the reflective laminate glass allows an interaction between who is inside with everything outside the house, during the day. At night, if you have more light inside, fixtures on the ground around the house with strong light guarantees the privacy. Also the blinds inside, make a balance of privacy! Another highlight is the mimicking effect that reflective glass creates and makes the architecture disappear in the landscaping!

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in May 2015 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and finished in July 2015.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
To avoid wastage and do not generate waste the design was based in modules according to the dimensions of the glass slabs and of the dimensions of the steel profiles. The structure is all screwed and the glass was glued at the structure with structural silicone to assure the mobility, flexibility and to be a freestanding construction. Its foundation in steel profile is external to the ground allowing the passage of all pipes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The total built area of Glass House is sixty square meters. With the walls and the roof made of glass, a sense of space was obtained for the small house. To ensure the well-being of the clients, Reflective Laminated Glass was chosen which ensure a hundred percent protection against UV rays and ensure thermal insulation around seventy one percent. This saves energy and has no damage to clients' skin. In order to ensure dry construction, the sectorization of the Glass House between the social area and the private area was done through the cabinet designed for the kitchen and the closet of the room.

TAGS:
glasshouse, sustainability, modularconstruction, dryconstruction, wellbeing, innovation, interiordesign, interaction, smalllivng, warmth,

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
To design a small house with a strong relationship with the landscape in a tropical country the most important point was the research of the right materials to use to guarantee a healthy home that would provide well-being to all residents. For this the reflective laminate glass was chosen. It ensured protection against a hundred percent UV rays and thermal insulation reached seventy one percent. The modular construction was chosen to enforce the sustainability concept without generating waste. The interior architecture also following the concept of sustainability.

CHALLENGE:
The creative process began with the desires of the customers. To meet a short period of construction; low cost; flexibility for future modifications; possibility of mobility and use of the precepts of sustainability for the whole construction, it was very difficult to gather all these concepts. The research was very long to bring all this together with aesthetics, functionality and innovation. All the choices had a motive that justified their use! To have a good project, nothing can be by chance ... The most important thing happened when the final result met customer expectations!

ADDED DATE:
2017-11-22 22:48:35

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Lais Laine- Architect Assistant, Roberta Antunes - Architect Assistant and Jackie Kelly - Administrative Assistant

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image#1: Photographer Jomar Bragança,
Image#2: Photographer Jomar Bragança,
Image#3: Photographer Jomar Bragança,
Image#4: Photographer Jomar Bragança,
Image#5: Photographer Jomar Bragança,

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Cristina Menezes Arquitetura

PROFILE:
The Studio Cristina Menezes Arquitetura works in Brazil, US and Europe, since 1990. Most of designs are residential architecture including interior architecture for single families; commercial spaces and furniture design. This design was made for an exhibition and after the exhibition the Glass House was moved to a residential area for a family of two people to live.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Glass House Residential by Cristina Menezes is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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Glass House Residential by Cristina Menezes is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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