Casa Neblina is two-storey concrete residence built on a grassy hill in the Brazilian city's Iatiba neighbourhood, which known for its lush nature, rugged terrain and high quality of life.
Local studio FGMF Arquitetos designed the 400-square-metre house as a series of cubes with rendered white walls that draw a strong contrast to the green surrounds. The blocks are arranged to nestle into the top of the sloped site, and then extend out on stilts at the rear.
Large windows are placed on the rear to capture the sun and the expansive views of Itatiba's valley; however, the fronts are more closed off for privacy from the street.
Inside, each volume is used to host a different bedroom. Four bedrooms with ensuites comprise the top floor. The master bedroom is located on the far side of the house and has a spacious closet.
Steps in the middle of Casa Neblina lead down to the open-plan living room and dining room on the lower floor, lined in floor-to-ceiling windows.
A grey modular L-shaped sofa, blue chairs, an elevated black fireplace and black-rodded coffee table decorate the living room. Other furnishings include a wooden dining table and chairs, which are anchored by a black linear light fixture.
Outdoor steps provide access from here to a wooden patio that adjoins to the swimming pool. This is accompanied by a detached, two-storey pool house comprising an open-plan kitchen and living room on its top floor, and a changing room below, accessed via outdoor steps.
In Casa Neblina, the kitchen is housed in a volume that is tucked into the landscape. Also nestled into the hillside are a service entrance, storage room, bathroom and steps to a garage above.
Dark grey walls and kitchen counters contrast with the brightness and white walls elsewhere. A white stone countertop acts as a further divide.
An additional outdoor lounge is located within the underbelly of the home.
Founded in 1991, FGMF is led by architects Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes and Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz. The studio has also built a two-story glass and concrete house in São Paulo.
Photography is by Rafaela Netto.
Project coordinators: Gabriel Mota, Sonia Gouveia, Ana Paula Barbosa
Project contributors: Adriano Soares, Fernanda Veríssimo, Juliana Cadó, Mariana Leme, Wanessa Simoe, Carla Facchini, James Smaul, Rodrigo de Moura, Guilherme Prado
Project interns: Alessandra Musto, Flávia Theodorovitz, Wendel de Deus, Mariana Schmidt, Mirella Fochi, Pedro Lira, Yara Bello
Foundation and structural engineering: Benedictis Engenharia
Electrical and plumbing installation: Ramoska Castellani