Dezeen are in Venice for the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 where Lisbon firm Aires Mateus Architects are exhibiting these houses with sandy floors, photographed by Nelson Garrido. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.
Called Casa Areia, the project comprises seaside accommodation made of wooden frames covered in natural fibres.
Sand covers the floor in the kitchen and living space, connecting them to the beach and landscape outside.
Bedrooms are housed in separate structures.
The Venice Architecture Biennale runs 29 August - 21 November 2010.
Here's some text about the Casa Areia project from Garrido:
This construction is composed by 4 little houses in a place near the sea.
They where reconstructed with traditional methods using wood and a traditional stem.
This project was build on the sand that is a natural and abundant material that was transported to the interior of the common places (the living room and the kitchen) giving this way the connection between the environment and the new and totally integrated construction.
This is the most spectacular on this project, being on the living room with your feet on the sand, this is a totally comfortable construction even with warming floor that warms up the sand.
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