Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas sits
between a mountain and the ocean

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Brazilian firm Studio Arthur Casas was invited to choose the location for a client's idyllic Rio de Janeiro residence, and selected a hillside plot facing out towards the ocean (+ slideshow).

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

Designed to take advantage of Rio's dramatic landscape, Casa AL was built as the home for a long-standing friend of Studio Arthur Casas, whose previous projects include a golden house in São Paulo and a lakeside family residence.



Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

"We chose the land together so, for me, it was clear that in the end we would count on the scenery," said Arthur Casas.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

"This seemed to be impossible to him, because the land had a considerable slope falling from the street, and a huge and relatively tall building between the land and the shore. I assured him that his living and recreational areas would have a full view to the sea," he said.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

The house is arranged over three storeys to work with the slope of the landscape. The middle storey, which lines up with the ground level at the rear of site, opens out to a raised terrace that offers the panoramic views.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

This level accommodates the most social areas of the house, from a large living room and cinema space, to an open kitchen and 10-seater dining table.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

A wall of glazing fronts this open-plan space to maximise views, but the panels also slide open and disappear into the sidewalls to allow the living room to extend out to the terrace and swimming pool.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

"There are times when this view is just breathtaking, so the living areas needed to be all aligned to make the most of that," said Casas.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

"These enormous spans enhance the sensation of the residence's scale. However, as a rule, our designs have the same dimensions of a conventional building," he said.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

A secluded courtyard provides an entrance at the rear of this floor. There is also a floating outdoor staircase descending to the guest rooms and utility areas on the lowest level, which lead out to a grassy garden.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

A master bedroom and home office are housed within the smaller upper storey. This level features a protruding corner that appears from certain angles to balance precariously over the stone walls of the storeys below, and is clad with timber to provide contrast.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

"Cumaru, or Brazilian Teak, is an extremely resistant timber, which is also great for outdoor applications," said Casas.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

Studio Arthur Casas was also responsible for furnishing the property, so the team sourced a selection of Brazilian pieces and paired them with a handful of international design classics.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra
Lower ground floor plan – click for larger image
Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra
First floor plan – click for larger image
Casa AL by Studio Arthur Casas photos by Fernando Gurra
Section – click for larger image
  • I want it

    This is staggeringly beautiful. There aren’t many houses on Dezeen as nice as this one.

    • Quite a few actually
      • …not really

        … you highlight some “cool” looking houses from some really good architects, but not really nicer, or as nice for that matter (yeah, I know “nice” is not really an “it” word but that’s where the conversation started and I think it’s quite appropriate actually)…

        … there is something about the scale, materials, composition and the setting/site of this particular house that makes it markedly different (more comfortable, pleasant, restful, more “right”) maybe it’s also the fact that it seems quite “liveable” and not just a “show” house…

        …so it might not be the “coolest” house on Dezeen, or the most “ground breaking”, or “original”but in the words of “I want it” above, it is staggeringly beautiful and one of the “nicer” houses on Dezeen…

        (It is tempting to say that this is my opinion, but I am almost sure that if there was a scientific measure for the adjective of choice, it could be proven) ;-)

  • Mark Bradley

    Fantastic, but you got your floor plans mixed up!

    • http://www.dezeen.com/ Dezeen Magazine

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for pointing this out. We have made the necessary changes.

      Kind regards,

      Ross/Dezeen